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New Audi tech will let you ditch your toll road tag

It will work with almost every toll system in America

No more ugly tags and boxes on your windshield.

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Trucker uses fishing line to avoid bridge tolls

Perhaps taking inspiration from the Aston Martin DB5 that James Bond drove in Goldfinger, a New York-area trucker was discovered using a very Q-branch style modification to his truck in an attempt to avoid paying tolls.

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NY man who skipped paying toll 3,000 times fined over $28,000

New York City taxi driver Rodolfo Sanchez used an E-ZPass reported lost in 2011 and the close quarters that New Yorkers are used to, in order to save himself $28,000 in 18 months. During 1,061 crossings of the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge and 3,071 passages through the Queens-Midtown Tunnel, instead of paying the toll at the tollbooth, Sanchez would tailgate the vehicle in front of him and get past the barrier before it came down. He kept the E-ZP

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Germany may charge foreigners an Autobahn toll [w/poll]

Raising taxes in any democratic country is tricky business, but there are certain groups on which it's easier to raise taxes than others. Smokers, for example, have a hard time making an argument against raising taxes on cigarettes. As far as the working class is concerned, raising taxes on the rich is a no-brainer. And in Germany, they may find it easiest to levy taxes against non-Germans.

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Oh, Snap! Watch what happens when this bus slides through toll barrier

It's common knowledge that buses fight dirty. Enter into fisticuffs with public transportation and you're likely to find yourself on the raw end of a well-aimed 2x4 plank. Just ask the pedestrian in the video after the jump. We're short on context with this one, but from the looks of thi

LA to charge a toll for driving solo in HOV lanes with new ExpressLanes

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority will convert sections of Interstate 10 and Interstate 110 from high-occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes to what it calls "ExpressLanes," which will allow drivers who fly solo if they're willing to pay a toll. To fight congestion, toll charges will vary based on the average speed of traffic.

Report: Motorists file class action suit against Florida toll road for... taking hostages?

Florida motorists are officially fed up with the actions of the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) and Faneuil Inc. The latter is a private firm hired by the FDOT to manage its tollbooth operations. A class-action lawsuit filed against both parties alleges that toll booth operators have been holding cash-paying motorists hostage.

Study: Americans prefer tolls over fuel taxes... how about you?

One fact seems indisputable: Americans have come to hate taxes and any suggestion by a politician to raise them is tantamount to political suicide. The problem is that public infrastructure requires funding – and lots of it. Critics of this disparity would argue that a lack of political will to raise fuel taxes has left roads, bridges and tunnels across America crumbling in recent decades.

Study: Americans prefer tolls over fuel taxes... how about you?

One fact seems indisputable: Americans have come to hate taxes and any suggestion by a politician to raise them is tantamount to political suicide. The problem is that public infrastructure requires funding – and lots of it. Critics of this disparity would argue that a lack of political will to raise fuel taxes has left roads, bridges and tunnels across America crumbling in recent decades.

Chicago inching closer to freeway congestion charges?

Chicago ranks number three on the list of cities with the worst traffic. Following a study by the Municipal Planning Council and the Illinois Tollway, one suggested way to remedy the issue is the introduction of congestion pricing on Chicago-area toll roads. This isn't the flat-fee congestion charge from London, but rather the supply-and-demand based flexible pricing already adopted on toll roads in California and Minneapolis: at peak times, the toll goes up, during off-hours the toll drops.

Chicago inching closer to freeway congestion charges?

Chicago ranks number three on the list of cities with the worst traffic. Following a study by the Municipal Planning Council and the Illinois Tollway, one suggested way to remedy the issue is the introduction of congestion pricing on Chicago-area toll roads. This isn't the flat-fee congestion charge from London, but rather the supply-and-demand based flexible pricing already adopted on toll roads in California and Minneapolis: at peak times, the toll goes up, during off-hours the toll drops.

Ohio Turnpike begins accepting credit & debit cards at toll booths

Cruising the Ohio Turnpike is about to get a whole lot easier. Anyone who's ever traveled the highway is probably plenty familiar with the annoyance of having to scrounge for change and small bills to pay at each toll booth. But after holding out for years, the Ohio Turnpike Commission is taking a big step forward. Not only will they now institute the E-Z Pass system already implemented across much of the northeast, but many toll booths will now begin accepting debit and credit cards even if you

France to fund research for electronic tolls, er, to fight congestion at toll booths

If you happen to drive on toll road with some regularity, you've probably noticed that the electronic payment systems that allow drivers to pass through without stopping to insert a card or cash are becoming more common. The good news is that these E-Z-pay options help make toll plazas a bit more green (less congestion than before) and now the French government, which is actively seeking ways to reduce pollution, has decided to fund research into new automatic toll payment systems. The goal is t

Gas tax holiday killed by road crews, not common sense, tax increase soon

As you may have noticed when filling your tank, the plan for a gas tax holiday put forward by presidential candidates from both party brands, never came to fruition. The idea had been suspend an 18¢ per gallon federal tax on fuel from Memorial Day to Labor Day. Of course the fact that this would have saved average drivers a whopping $28 had little if anything to do with the lack of movement on bills from both Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton and Republican Sen. John McCain. It turns out the