Members of Zipcar, a car-sharing service, can reserve and utilise cars on an hourly or daily basis. Zipcar is an increasingly common substitute for personal automobile ownership, with over a million users and more than 10,000 cars in hundreds of cities across the world.
Many people who utilise toll roads in the United States may wonder if Zipcar supports the electronic toll collecting system E-ZPass. In this piece, we’ll investigate if and how Zipcar supports E-ZPass for its members.
What is an E-ZPass?
Many U.S. highways and roads now accept electronic toll payments via the E-ZPass system. Transponders fitted in vehicles communicate with readers at toll booths to facilitate the system’s operation. When an E-ZPass-equipped vehicle drives through a toll booth, the necessary amount of money is removed from the driver’s account.
By eliminating the requirement for cars to pull over and pay cash for tolls, E-ZPass streamlines the process of making toll payments. Many toll facilities provide discounts for E-ZPass customers, making the usage of the service more cost-effective.
Is there an E-ZPass for Zipcar?
For those wondering if Zipcar has E-ZPass, the quick answer is “yes.” Some Zipcars are equipped with E-ZPass transponders. Note that not all Zipcars are equipped with E-ZPass, and that whether or not a given car has one depends on its location and availability.
If you need to use a toll road frequently, Zipcars may have E-ZPass transponders installed. Long-distance Zipcar travellers who don’t want to pull over to pay tolls would like this feature.
How do E-ZPass and Zipcar work together?
If you’re a Zipcar member and would like to utilise a car that accepts E-ZPass, you’ll need to first determine whether or not such cars are available in your area, and then reserve one. However, keep in mind that the number of vehicles that accept E-ZPass may fluctuate according on supply and demand.
You will receive guidance on how to use the E-ZPass transponder when you pick up a Zipcar that is equipped with this service. Simply proceed through the toll booths as normal, and the appropriate amount will be removed from your E-ZPass account.
You’ll need to bring your own E-ZPass transponder, as Zipcar does not provide them. As a result, you’ll need to create a new E-ZPass account if you want to use the E-ZPass feature with Zipcar and don’t currently have one.
Does Using E-ZPass with Zipcar Come with Any Fees?
Using an E-ZPass with Zipcar is free, meaning that you only pay the regular hourly or daily charge for the car. While utilising a Zipcar equipped with E-ZPass, you will be responsible for paying any and all tolls incurred. Your E-ZPass account will be charged for the tolls at the posted rates.
If your Zipcar trip ends up costing more than the amount of money in your E-ZPass account, you’ll have to cover the difference.
It’s also worth mentioning that some Zipcars may have built-in automatic toll payment systems that can be used in lieu of an E-ZPass. These systems automatically pay tolls for drivers by using a mix of licence plate readers and other technologies. All such tolls will be applied to your final Zipcar payment without your involvement.
For those who frequently utilise toll highways, it’s good to know that Zipcar provides some vehicles equipped with E-ZPass transponders. It’s worth noting that not every Zipcar is equipped with E-ZPass, and that the number of cars that do have it varies by region and demand.
If you are a Zipcar member and would like to utilise a car equipped with E-ZPass, you will need to first determine whether or not such cars are available in your area, and then reserve one. To use the PaybyPlatema E-ZPass capability with Zipcar, you’ll also need a valid E-ZPass account.
For Zipcar drivers who must utilise toll roads, E-ZPass can be a time-saving alternative to pulling over to manually insert payment. But you should know the E-ZPass rates and make sure your E-ZPass account has enough money to cover any tolls you may incur while driving a Zipcar.