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When you visit South Florida, it is important to know that the highways and the Florida Turnpike use a cashless electronic¬†toll¬†system. Let us repeat, there is no opportunity to pay cash..¬† This electronic system offers 2 methods of¬† payment.¬† The Sunpass is a transponder that is placed inside the vehicle on the front windshield.¬† This Sunpass transponder is set up as a revolving account off of a credit card or debit card (with a $10.00 minimum balance) that deducts the¬†toll¬†fee when passing through the electronic system.¬† You can learn more and where to purchase this transponder at¬†¬†www.sunpass.com. ¬† If you do not have a Sunpass transponder, the¬†Toll¬†By Plate bill system is used.¬† This means that the electronic¬†toll¬†system will take a picture of the vehicle's license plate and will send a bill once a month to the address of the vehicle owner.¬† This bill will list all the¬†tolls¬†gone through that month plus an additional billing administrative fee.¬† This bill must be paid for in 30 days to avoid violation.¬† It is our understanding also that this bill will go to Canada.¬† What has been described here so far is related to ownership of the vehicle.
Renting a vehicle is different when it comes to the electronic¬†tolls¬†in Florida.¬† Unfortunately, there is no regulation in Florida as to how much a Rental Company can charge to include¬†Toll¬†coverage in a vehicle.¬† Some companies might charge as little as $4.00 a day plus the amount of the¬†tolls¬†while others might charge over $10.00 per day for the same coverage.¬† It is our experience that if the car rental rate is cheaper than others, they might be making that up by offering expensive weekly rates for¬†toll¬†coverage.¬† A company like Alamo we find to be more reasonable.¬† Questions to consider when renting a car include:¬† What is the daily, weekly ,or even monthly charge to include¬†toll¬†coverage in the vehicle?¬†¬† Do they charge only on the days that you drive through a¬†toll?¬† or, do you pay a¬†toll¬†fee on every day of vehicle rental use even if you do not go through¬†tolls¬†every day?¬† We have heard of some car rentals telling customers that they will receive a $25.00 fine for each¬†toll¬†if they do not opt into a weekly or large¬†toll¬†coverage fee.¬† We suggest that you shop around before renting.
On this¬†page¬†we are providing links to South Florida maps that show¬†toll¬†locations. More specifically for the¬†toll¬†roads around Miami.¬† To note, there are no¬†tolls¬†on US One to the Florida Keys or on other main roads like State Road 441 (Tamiami Trail) or on State Road 997 (Krome Avenue).¬† On I-95 from Ft. Lauderdale to Miami, there is one¬†toll¬†lane on the inside left.¬† The other lanes are free to travel.