The use of road tolls to fund road building has a long tradition in Norway. AutoPASS is the Norwegian system for the collection of tolls. 

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.

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 Roads Administration].

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.

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.