How are tolls collected on Interstate 90
Toll in Italy
On the mainland, all motorways are subject to tolls, except for the A3 from Salerno to Reggio di Calabria. In Sicily, only the A20 between Messina and Palermo and the A18 from Messina to Catania are toll roads.
The way the toll is collected is not the same on all routes: the tolls are charged at the toll stations in a closed or open system, especially in the area around Milan. But there is also a purely electronic system on the new motorways A36, A59 and A60, which does not allow direct payment at toll stations.
The toll charges are based on the number of axles.
|2 Assi - Class A||Vehicles with 2 axles up to 1.3m high on the front axle|
|2 Assi - Class B||Motor vehicle with 2 axles over 1.3m high on the front axle|
|3 Assi1||Vehicles and trailers with 3 axles|
|4 Assi1||Cars and trailers with 4 axles|
|5 o piú Assi1||Cars and trailers with 5 or more axles|
At most toll stations, the toll is levied in a so-called closed system: a ticket must be drawn upon entry, which is paid for when leaving the motorway. The amount is calculated from the distance traveled. The lanes are marked depending on the payment option and staff.
The yellow Telepass lanes are reserved exclusively for Telepass users. They can also be accessed with bip & go transponders. No tickets are available in these lanes.
In the so-called open system, a lump sum is charged that is paid at a toll station. The following routes belong to this system:
|A9||Como - Milan|
|A8||Varese - Milan|
|A5||Mont Blanc - Aosta|
|A32||Frejus Tunnel - Turin|
|A12||Rome - Civitaveccia|
|A56||Naples - Pozzuoli|
|A3||Naples - Salerno|
An overview map with the toll stations at the motorway junctions around Milan can be found here:
The toll is recorded according to the so-called free flow system. When driving through the toll portals, all vehicles are electronically scanned and their license plates are automatically registered. There is no need to stop and there are no waiting times.
Cash / credit card / debit card
Cash can be paid at all toll stations. The most common credit cards and bank cards (Maestro or V PAY symbols) are also often accepted. The lanes are signposted accordingly.
You can pay anywhere with the VIACARD. This does not apply to four toll stations on the Sicilian A18 between Messina and Catania: Roccalumera, Taormina, Giardini di Naxos and Fiumefreddo.
The VIACARD is a prepaid card from which the fees are debited when paying, and is available at service stations and Punto-blue stations. It is neither personal nor vehicle-specific and is valid indefinitely. Previously purchased cards with an expiration date can still be used because the restrictions have been lifted.
If there is insufficient credit, up to two VIACARDs can be used. If the credit on the first card is insufficient, a loudspeaker voice in Italian prompts you to use another VIACARD. If you don't have another card, press the button ›AIUTO-HELP‹, ›RICHIESTA DI INTERVENTO‹ or ›ASSISTENZA‹. You will then receive a receipt with the outstanding amount that can be paid at the next ›Punto-blu‹ station. In cash or with credit or debit card, the remaining amount can only be paid in lanes with staff.
An Italian account is usually required for a TELEPASS contract. In Germany, the contract for a German account is only offered for an additional fee.
In addition, Telepass lanes can be used with a transponder from the French provider bip & go. Here, too, additional fees are due; it applies in Italy as well as in France, Spain and Portugal.
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