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everDraed Oct 4, 18 2:02 pm


Originally Posted by ottothecow (Post 28585531)
The Illinois ipass system (compatible with ezpass wherever I have taken it) actually has quite a nice system for adding rental cars. Works way better than you'd expect a government website to work! Even has a nice mobile UI for when your passenger is frantically adding the license plate on the interstate.

Nice! I currently carry a NJ EZPass and a FL Sunpass which covers just about all of my east coast driving. I haven't had any issues with the Sunpass, but per their terms of service the EZPass is explicitly not allowed to be used in rental cars; indeed I can almost never register my rentals in their system if the car in question is plated in a state covered by EZPass. I have been able to use it successfully, but should the transponder not be read for some reason I'm going to get hit with some hefty fees. Bonus feature - no recourse because Im breaking the TOS.

Logging into their system is a pain as well, as their site explicitly blocks connections originating outside of the continental United States. (I'm in the US Virgin Islands) Only way I can check balances is to turn off wifi on my phone and connect over the cellular network.

I can get to the IPass site without having to jump through any hoops.

Going to get an IPass transponder once I spend down my EZPass balance.

Xyzzy Oct 5, 18 9:20 am

NY E-ZPass seem n:)t to have that restriction...

supermoto1 Jun 13, 19 9:40 pm

What is that $5 sticker tag you referred to in this post? Where can you buy it and can it be used as an EZPass alternative? thx

nacho Jun 14, 19 8:02 am


Originally Posted by supermoto1 (Post 31201192)
What is that $5 sticker tag you referred to in this post? Where can you buy it and can it be used as an EZPass alternative? thx

It's called sunpass, you can buy it in supermarkets.

Auto Enthusiast Jun 16, 19 8:51 pm

Looks like there is now a rearview mirror hangtag transponder: https://www.frommers.com/tips/car-bu...cashless-roads

Not returning the paper tag incurs a $10 charge. This of course assumes a simple roundtrip. Lots of FL visitors return cars elsewhere, so to be effective, there would need to be collection bins at every airport and neighborhood rental office in the state. And considering that the FL driveout special one-way rates are currently in effect, there should be a provision to mail back the tag.

waterskifly Jun 27, 19 5:21 pm


Originally Posted by Dieuwer (Post 24781412)
Vote with your wallet. REFUSE to visit Florida.

i support this

gabrielbf Jun 28, 19 6:37 am


Originally Posted by waterskifly (Post 31246962)
i support this

I hope you guys realize it’s not the state of Florida (or any other state) but the car rental companies are the ones taking advantage. All states are moving towards cashless systems because it’s more effective and convenient for operators and customers alike. If anything Florida is trying to make it easier for visitors with the recent temporary tag program.

The car rental companies could choose to simply pass the toll charges to the customers, even could choose to a a small “convenience fee” of a few cents per transaction and still make a lot of money, but alas they chose to charge ABSURD fees and customers 1) go thru the hassle of getting their own transponder or 2) fall for it and complain.

LIH Prem Jun 30, 19 8:28 pm


Originally Posted by Auto Enthusiast (Post 31209778)
Looks like there is now a rearview mirror hangtag transponder: https://www.frommers.com/tips/car-bu...cashless-roads

Here's the direct link to the program: https://www.visitortollpass.com/

I used it on a trip to Orlando in June. Worked great. When you leave the rental car garage, their system automatically associates your plate with the tag. Web site shows your toll charges and you get the reduced transponder rates. Hopefully they will expand the program to more airports.

-David

nacho Jul 1, 19 5:35 am


Originally Posted by LIH Prem (Post 31256589)
Here's the direct link to the program: https://www.visitortollpass.com/

I used it on a trip to Orlando in June. Worked great. When you leave the rental car garage, their system automatically associates your plate with the tag. Web site shows your toll charges and you get the reduced transponder rates. Hopefully they will expand the program to more airports.

-David

I thought it's a permanent programme - unfortunately it only lasts until August 31 :(


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