Complete Guide for Toll Roads in Australia
- Road Travel,
- Oct 14, 2019
Australia is one of the most known countries in the world, mostly due to its association with the continent of the same name. The Commonwealth of Australia is a huge country that comprises of the mainland Australia and many other smaller islands. Being one of the commonwealth countries, Australia has some similarities to Great Britain like in their rules of driving, accents, etc. However, one thing that sets them apart when it comes to the rules of driving is their unique way of paying toll on toll roads. There are no toll plazas or toll booths on toll roads and a customer has to pay the toll themselves within 3 days after they have traveled on the road. This may seem like an absurd thing to do, but it is actually really convenient and easy. Anyone can pay their toll through their phone, online, or even through an application!
What are toll roads?
Toll Roads are all those public and private roads where a fee (toll) is deducted when you use them. The reason behind this is that it usually takes a lot of money to build these kinds of roads and in order to compensate for their construction and maintenance costs, the overseeing authorities start charging a little money from all the users.
Usually, in many countries, these roads have some kind of toll booths on them to charge each and every vehicle individually. This can be done through a number of systems (e.g. they provide user with a card that they have to pay at the end of their travel and pay the money charged depending on where they got the card from and where they deposited it back).
Toll Roads in Australia:
In Australia, the tolling system is different. The toll roads in Australia utilize a customer-sided system where a customer is responsible for paying his own tolls. It works in a way that whenever a customer enters a toll road, they must keep track of their time of entrance and departure (or remember and approximate value) because they will have to submit this information in order to pay for their toll.
If there is a case that someone forgets to pay their toll in the given time of three days, they will be penalized with a fine and a toll infraction. The best way to prevent this is to keep track of your driving activity and pay toll tax on time. I know there’s a question in your mind, “but isn’t paying tolls through booths more convenient and easier and even better?” The answer is a bit complicated and depends totally on you and your mentality. In our opinion, this method is better since you don’t have to wait in lines to pay the toll and you can easily pay it through your credit or debit card without going through any hassle (more on it later).
How to pay toll (regular method)?
In order to pay toll tax, the most common way to do it is simply through your phone. When you are traveling on toll roads, you would see large boards with phone numbers written on them. These are also available literally everywhere on the internet, so you don’t really have to memorize them. You can save the phone number to prevent yourself from ever forgetting it. Anyhow, to pay your toll, you have to call the number and inform them of the date, time, vehicle model, and registration number. This way, they will charge you on your card and the toll will be paid. Once again, beware that you have to pay this amount within 3 days of your travel on the toll road in Australia, otherwise, you will run into complications.
How to pay the toll online?
Recently, new ways have been introduced to pay the tolls. These are WAY more flexible and easier to use than regular methods. One of the best methods is to use the application called “Linkt”. Linkt sets you up with an account that is bound with your credit or debit card. Whenever you are on a toll road, Linkt automatically pays your toll to prevent any kind of hassle from your side. How can it get more easier, right?
If you don’t want to use Linkt, you can always set up a pass. These passes work for 30 days of your trip and automatically charge you depending on your route of travel. You don’t need to open up an account, call someone, or do any kind of other things. With the pass in your hand, you are free to go and do whatever you want… provided you do it within the 30 days limit and have enough money to do so. Since the price is not really an issue with it being really cheap and toll tax being low too, all you have to worry about is the time duration. Set up reminders on your phone.
How to pay missed tolls?
This is actually a tricky question. You can not pay missing tolls. You will have to pay the toll and the fine associated with it for missing it. The fine is minimal, so there won’t be any big issue paying it. However, if you keep on ignoring the missing toll notices, you will eventually run into big trouble. In that case, you will have to either pay a hefty fine and be left with a warning on your driving license and in severe cases, your driving license might be suspended and your vehicle being impounded. To avoid all these repercussions, you should be aware of not missing your tolls and taking note of all the notices arriving at your doorstep. It could even take up to two months for really severe action to be taken against you, so that time is enough to deal with your other problems and fix this one too.
What to do if you went through the toll without paying?
As mentioned earlier, there is not much you can as your fine is rarely reverted and that is close to impossible. If you went through the toll without paying, you should pay the minimum fine and the toll fee. If you refuse to do that, you will eventually have to pay larger fine, so just avoid it altogether.
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