Updated: November 2, 2013 6:33AM
for two-wheel vehicles
I’m an Illinois resident and use the Illinois tollway system on a regular basis. I believe in the toll system as a viable and equitable method of paying for the construction and maintenance of roads and bridges. I believe that vehicles should be charged by the amount of damage and wear that they cause to the toll roads.
My problem with the Illinois toll system is the inequity in its toll rates, specifically by vehicle type and size. I drive a Hyundai Tucson and occasionally pull a two-wheel utility trailer. My vehicle weighs approximately 3,900 pounds. My trailer, when empty, weighs about 300 pounds and can legally carry about 900 pounds.
If I drive from Orland Hills to the Wisconsin border via the tollway, my toll charge for my vehicle is $7.55, but if I pull my trailer the toll is $20.85.
This means that I’m being charged nearly twice as much for a trailer that weighs one tenth (when empty) to one third (when fully loaded) of the vehicle pulling it. This is illogical and unreasonable. The previous rates for trailers were one half the cost of the vehicle pulling it, which is logical and fair.
There is no reason for a motorcycle or a trailer to pay the same rate as a car or sport utility vehicle when it weighs one fourth or less and has half as many wheels. With all the technology available to monitor vehicles through the I-Pass system, such vehicles should be rated and charged an equitable and reasonable rate.
Even though it adds up to an hour in travel time, I avoid using the tollways so I don’t pay the exorbitant rate. The added cost of pulling my trailer round-trip on the toll road would pay for a half tank of gas or tolls for two round trips of my car alone.