About road tolls in Norway
The use of road tolls to fund road building has a long tradition in Norway. AutoPASS is the Norwegian system for the collection
Most toll collection points in Norway are automated. You pass straight through without stopping.
The main objective of toll funding is to achieve faster development of road infrastructure. Additionally, funds may be used
for other purposes, such as strengthening public transport in cities.
Preliminary figures indicate that there were around 63 different toll projects collecting toll payments at 237 toll stations
and nine ferry routes in 2017.
Toll road companies
All toll roads in Norway have a toll road company who is responsible for the financing of the road project. The right to demand
payment of toll charges is granted when the toll charge agreement is entered into with Statens vegvesen [Norwegian Public
Statens vegvesen [Norwegian Public Roads Administration] is the executive authority on behalf of the government and the Storting.
The collection of toll charges is regulated and administrated through an agreement between Statens vegvesen, the toll road company
and the customer.
Statens vegvesen [Norwegian Public Roads Administration] owns the AutoPASS system, i.e. the technical specification, the tags
and all the toll road equipment.
Rules for signage
The Directorate of Public Roads has issued new Specifications for the signage of automatic toll collection points. These came
into force on 5 October 2018, after public consultation and comment as well as a trial and testing phase. The Directorate
of Public Roads is authorised to define technical rules and guidelines (Specifications) for the use, design, size and placement
of public traffic signs, cf. Section 35 of the Norwegian Traffic Sign Regulations. These Specifications apply to all automatic
toll collection points in Norway.
They specify that toll rate boards are to be used on roads outside and between cities. On main roads through simple toll rings
with the same rates at all toll collection points, there should be signs displaying toll rates, whereas other roads and streets
in urban areas in principle should not have toll rate signs.
The reason for the changes to the use of toll rate signs is first of all that urban areas often have a complex traffic situation,
including many signs for road users to process. Second, it is often difficult to find room for these signs. With time-differentiated
toll rates (rush-hour rates) and rates that vary with vehicle category and fuel type, there would be too much information
on these signs for road users to process in passing.
It was therefore decided to limit the use of toll rate signs in urban areas. Information about toll rates are easily accessible
at www.autopass.no and on the toll road companies’ websites.