National Electronic Tolling Gets Boost is reporting that North American tollers have agreed to create a “hub” for clearing license plates captured on video to assess user fees for cars without transponders. This is a significant step toward ensuring the technology is in place to implement a nationwide system of electronic tolling that accomodates decentralized, market-based competition and implementation.

Most of north America’s tollers have agreed to participate in developing a hub to clear license plate tolls – a key step to improving the reach of all-electronic tolling (AET). At least 37 toll operators including the biggest – MTA B&T, NY Thruway, New Jersey Turnpike, Illinois Tollway, 407ETR, Florida’s Turnpike, Pennsylvania Turnpike, Harris County Toll, North Texas Toll, Ohio Turnpike, Oklahoma Turnpike, Bay Area Toll – are cooperating to develop a “License Plate Interoperability Hub” (LPIH). see list at bottom of this report

The Allance for Toll Interoperability, an organization spearheaded by the North Carolina Turnpike authority, has issued a Request for Proposals that would include a six month pilot project for up to three hub operators.

Samuel R. Staley, Ph.D. is a senior research fellow at Reason Foundation and managing director of the DeVoe L. Moore Center at Florida State University in Tallahassee where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in urban planning, regulation, and urban economics. Prior to joining Florida State, Staley was director of urban growth and land-use policy for Reason Foundation where he helped establish its urban policy program in 1997.