Florida Automated Tolls – All-Electronic Open Road Tolling

Hi all,

Just thought I’d make you aware of the new automated toll booths being operated in Florida.

Florida’s Turnpike Enterprise has moved forward with implementing all-electronic open road tolling, which allows customers on Florida’s Turnpike to pay tolls without slowing down or stopping. With all-electronic open road tolling, traditional tollbooths have been removed and ALL customers pay their tolls electronically, through either SunPass transponders or a new “TOLL-BY-PLATE” program. With the elimination of tollbooths, customers experience a safer, faster and more convenient ride to their destination. All-electronic open road tolling is better for the environment because cars are not stopping and idling at the toll plazas, which reduces emissions and improves customers’ gas mileage.

The Turnpike has completed the first conversion to all-electronic open road tolling on the southern 47 miles of the Turnpike, from U.S. 1 in Florida City to the Miami-Dade/Broward County line. The conversion was implemented on February 19, 2011.

SunPasses or equivalent will be available from the supplier locally. I have contacted our three main suppliers Alamo, Budget and Dollar to enquire about the lost, their response’s were as follows.

Alamo Rent A Car

In FL if the customer drives on an unmanned toll road they are charged the Tollpass Convenience Charge (TCC) of $2.00 per day (not to exceed $6.00 per rental) plus the cost of the tolls.  The TCC is only for those days where they actually incur a toll.  As an example if the customer has a 7 day rental but only drives on a toll road 1 day and incurs a $.50 toll they will be charged $2.50  ($2.00 for the TCC and $.50) for the toll. This fee is charged from the HTA.

Budget Rent A Car

We offer our customer the chance to purchase the Eazipass locally at a cost of $2.95 per day or $10 per week.

Dollar Rent A Car

We are locally offering our Pre Pay Toll product, Pass 24 to customer when they collect and return their hire car.  If the renter does not take the Pass 24 product we will charge them along with a $25 admin fee for each toll fine received during their rental. Therefore, every customer that rents a car is asked to sign a disclaimer about the $25 admin charge. The Pass 24 product is charged locally at $5.95 a day or $27.95 a week plus taxes and fees.

Have you had any experience of this?

What do you think of the new toll system?

regards,

James

 Florida car hire

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