Road Toll Booth Law and Legal Definition

A toll road or turnpike is a road on which a toll authority collects a fee for use. Similarly there are toll bridges and toll tunnels. Other non-toll roads are financed using other sources of revenue, most typically gas tax funds. Tolls have been placed on roads at various times in history. The first U.S. toll road was established in the 1790s, connecting Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Toll roads peaked in the mid 1800s, and by the turn of the twentieth century most toll roads were taken over by state highway departments.

Toll roads have been unpopular with drivers due to having to pay the toll, but also because of the delay at toll booths. New technology has implemented electronic toll collection at many booths to eliminate the delay. Using microchips and low-power radio signals, it is now possible to "charge" a vehicle for driving past a specific point on a highway electronically, without the vehicle even having to slow down, let alone stop at a toll booth.