Golden Gate tolls going electronic

The iconic toll booths and human collectors at San Francisco's Golden Gate Bridge will be gone by September 2012, replaced by an all-electronic toll system.

Golden Gate Bridge District board of directors voted 13 to two to move forward with the all-electronic tolling at the bridge, in an effort to save up to 16 million US dollars (£10 million) over an eight-year period.

The move means that the services of the 32 collectors who are currently working at the toll booths will no longer be needed there.

The change will have no impact on two-thirds of motorists who already use electronic payment option FasTrak.

Those who don't use FasTrak will have their licence plates recorded by video cameras that are installed at the tolls, and a bill of six US dollars (£4) will be mailed to the address of the car's registered owner.

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