Tolling for bridge begins

After a month of free rides, tolling for the Golden Ears Bridge starts today.

After a month of free rides, tolling for the Golden Ears Bridge starts today.

Demand for transponders have been so high that TransLink has run out of the devices that offer drivers a discount when crossing Western Canada’s first electronic tolled bridge.

The company originally anticipated it would need about 10,000 transponders, but it has already leased more than 16,000 units.

TransLink said people who ordered the devices but have not yet received them will be charged the lower price until more transponders are available.

They will cost drivers $1 per month and can be attached to the vehicle’s dashboard. They will keep track of crossings so motorists can be billed accordingly.

Cars without transponders will have their licence plate numbers photographed by cameras mounted at the bridge’s entrance and later receive bills in the mail.

 
 
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