Six lanes of a toll road highway with a toll stop ahead on a sunny day.

Avoid Slowdowns at Tolls: How to Use PlatePass®

Six lanes of a toll road highway with a toll stop ahead on a sunny day.

Avoid Slowdowns at Tolls: How to Use PlatePass®

If you’d like to avoid the mad dash for loose change every time you pass through a toll, consider using an electronic toll payment solution like PlatePass in your rental car. Find out how to use PlatePass, and don’t let a slowdown get your road trip down.

It’s the middle of road trip, and you’re coasting down the highway with your favorite tunes playing. The sun is shining and it seems only the open road is ahead – when suddenly, you see the signs for an approaching toll. The scramble for change and loose bills starts, snapping you out of your road trip euphoria.

If you’d like to avoid the mad dash for loose change every time you pass through a toll, consider an electronic toll payment solution. Don’t let a backup get your road trip down.

Electronic Toll Collection: What It’s All About

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Many major toll roads and High Occupancy Tolling (HOT) lanes now offer the option of electronic toll collection to eliminate delays. Some toll ways are all-electronic, meaning there is no option to stop and pay with cash. Instead of paying a cashier or throwing coins into a receptacle, which can cause slowdowns and congestion around toll booths, electronic toll collection allows drivers to pass through tolling points without stopping.

Throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, toll authorities use two methods of electronic toll collection: transponder and video. In transponder regions, the tollway communicates with a transponder installed in your vehicle, using radio frequency to identify the tolling account and collect funds from a connected bank account to pay the toll. In video regions, the toll authority’s technology obtains a photo of the vehicle’s license plate and assesses tolls to the account associated with that vehicle.

PlatePass is one electronic toll payment solution that allows you to use cashless lanes or all-electronic tollways without using a personal transponder or paying the toll authority directly.

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How to Use PlatePass®

If you’ve rented a vehicle that is PlatePass-enabled, using it is easy. In a transponder region, you simply slide open the gray transponder box behind the rearview mirror so that the toll agency can read the transponder. If the transponder malfunctions, or is not present, your rental vehicle will still be enrolled in PlatePass if you incur tolls without using a personal transponder or other approved payment method. In a video region, using PlatePass is as simple as driving through the cashless toll lane – that’s it. The toll road system will automatically read the license plate of the vehicle. In both transponder and video tolling regions, charges will be applied to the credit card you used to rent the vehicle, typically within one to three weeks after the rental agreement has closed. The charges will include the cost of each toll, plus a convenience fee for each calendar day when tolls are incurred.

See if your next destination is on the list of toll roads that accept PlatePass.

Are you ready to avoid toll slowdowns at cash toll plazas? Check out our PlatePass and electronic tollways FAQs.