Everything you need to know about TOLLING 2020
The Illinois Tollway is launching a series of tolling reforms that will make the Illinois Tollway system more equitable for everyone. These changes include a reduction to initial costs associated with unpaid toll notices, a significant reduction to existing violations, and COVID-19 violation relief.
Together, these measures take a holistic approach to realigning the way customers interact with the Illinois Tollway and lay the foundation for future changes to ensure the Illinois Tollway system works for everyone. To read more about the launch of TOLLING 2020 visit the Media Center to see the announcement.
Invoicing Begins - Unpaid Tolls After June 25, 2020
Beginning June 25, a new process for unpaid tolls will defer the issuance of violation notices by several months. Unpaid tolls will no longer be met out of the gate with a “one size fits all” $20 violation if left unpaid.
Customers still have at least 14 days to pay unpaid tolls online with no additional fines or fees. If left unpaid, owners across all vehicle classes will now receive an invoice for unpaid tolls with an initial fee that better aligns with the underlying tolls associated with the class of vehicle. Passenger vehicles will see an 85 percent reduction in initial costs, with a $3 invoice fee, rather than a $20 fine for each unpaid toll.
The chart below details the invoice fees customers will see. Customers across all classes will see a reduction, and violations will only occur after a notice remains unpaid after over 90 days.
COVID-19 Related “.01 Cent” Invoices - Unpaid Tolls March 9, 2020 – June 25, 2020
On June 25th, the Illinois Tollway formalized the grace period for unpaid tolls during the COVID-19 pandemic from March 9, 2020, through June 25, 2020. During this three-month period, vehicle owners with unpaid tolls will receive an invoice for tolls only without the added expense of a violation.
In an effort to expedite the process, the Illinois Tollway leveraged existing systems to process these invoices, which necessitated the inclusion of a .01 cent invoicing fee. The fee is only applicable to COVID-19 related unpaid tolls. Customers who receive an invoice should pay all unpaid tolls to ensure avoiding future fines and fees.
Previous Violation Relief – Unpaid Tolls and Violations Prior to March 9, 2020
Beginning in July, toll violation fines in existing notices prior to March 9, 2020 will be reduced to $3 across the board through the end of the year to provide customers an opportunity to pay their fines at a significantly reduced rate. This includes anyone previously sent to collections for outstanding toll violations. Below is an example of the reduction customers can expect.
These reductions go far beyond any previous Illinois Tollway violation relief efforts and give customers a chance to pay existing violations within the new invoicing process. The reductions, along with the six-month window to pay, allow Tollway customers to settle their unpaid toll violations.
Payments can be made all at once or at any time during the six-month payment period, and all payments can all be made online through the Illinois Tollway’s payment portal.
Drivers on the Illinois Tollway system are required to pay tolls as indicated by signs posted at toll plazas.
Customers who pay cash may find themselves in an unattended toll plaza lane or in an I-PASS or Pay Online lane. If this happens, continue driving forward. Do not back up at any time--it is unsafe. Make note of your location by identifying the toll plaza name or number or the nearest milepost.
You will be required to identify the unpaid toll location when submitting your payment. Payments must be made within the grace period and can be made online or by mail.
If you have yet to receive an invoice, please use Trip Calculator or Search by Plate.
Inside The Tollway
Online Truck Permits
The Illinois Tollway will be managing all requests for overweight and over-dimension truck permits online only through the Over-Dimension Vehicle Permit System. An over-weight or over-dimension permit must be obtained prior to travelling on the Tollway system.
Get Real Time Roadway Condition and Incident Alerts
Tollway customers can "follow" each of the five tollways – the Tri-State Tollway (I-94/I-294/I-80), Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90), Reagan Memorial Tollway (I-88), the Veterans Memorial Tollway (I-355), and the Illinois Route 390 Tollway – to receive real-time roadway incident and pavement condition information to help plan their trips.
Tollway Trip Tweets include information about the type of incident, the location by nearest crossroad and milepost, and the subsequent impact on traffic, such as lane closures. They also inlcude information regarding pavement conditions during inclement weather.
Tollway Trip Tweets are an informational service to be used by customers only when they are not operating a vehicle. It is against the law to email, text or tweet while driving in Illinois.
Remember: If you see ANY vehicle stopped on the side of the road with flashing lights #GiveThemDistance. Slow down. Change Lanes Safely. #Move Over. It's the law in Illinois.
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