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California Toll Road / HOV Tip for EVs:

I noticed a lot of EVs stuck in the congestion that is the 91 Freeway today.
Apparently, they might not be aware that you can get a special EV transponder and the Toll Roads (King's Highway) are $0 most of the time, and a reduced rate at other times.

This might apply to other areas, so check your Toll Road rules for the areas in which you drive.

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Hi,
Does anyone know whether the FasTrak transponder needs to be in the dedicated area at the top of the windshield next to the mirror to work, or whether it can be lying on the dashboard?
(I don't feel like permanently fixing it to the window)

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I noticed a lot of EVs stuck in the congestion that is the 91 Freeway today.
Apparently, they might not be aware that you can get a special EV transponder and the Toll Roads (King's Highway) are $0 most of the time, and a reduced rate at other times.

This might apply to other areas, so check your Toll Road rules for the areas in which you drive.
If we have Fastrak transponder for use in the 110 and 10 toll lanes, can we use it for free/discounted in the 91 toll lanes? The transponder is the one with selectable number of passengers.
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If we have Fastrak transponder for use in the 110 and 10 toll lanes, can we use it for free/discounted in the 91 toll lanes? The transponder is the one with selectable number of passengers.
I had to file my license plate and transponder as an EV. My new one is about 1" x 2" x 4", not the 4x4x1 old style. I would ASSUME that once filed as an EV license plate, you are good on the 91 fwy. Note: There are some hours where there is just a fee discount, not totally free. This doesn't affect me, so I don't know. I drive it 10am-1pm to visit customers.

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Does anyone know whether the FasTrak transponder needs to be in the dedicated area at the top of the windshield next to the mirror to work, or whether it can be lying on the dashboard?
(I don't feel like permanently fixing it to the window)

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Since I registered my license plate, I just put it in the overhead 'sunglass' compartment. I think our glass blocks signals.

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I'm 100% convinced the windshield (the heated ones, not sure about others) DOES create signal interference (see my post about use of a GDO). I've also been issued several tickets despite using Florida transponder driving through SunPass toll booths (yet it worked when I pulled over, rolled down a window to pay cash - GRRR). Don't the engineers at JLR realize the variety of transponders used worldwide and how this windshield (whether its the heating wires or infrared coating) can impede their functionality???

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FasTrak transponder didn't work through windshield

I tested having my (old 4x4 inch) FasTrak transponder on the dashboard under the windshield crossing the Bay Bridge to SF and it didn't get detected. (I do not have the heated windshield)
According to the I-Pace manual there are two areas on the windshield next to the rear view mirror marked with dots that do not have the special coating that shields the signal so I am going to try holding the transponder there to see if that does work. Otherwise I will have to apply for an external transponder (mounted on the front licences plate).
(I am not to happy having to mount this big ugly transponder on the top of the windshield though, I may just go for the external transponder anyway)
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No matter where I put a 4x4 or the new small transponder, I have not heard it beep like I do in older cars. Since we have photo plate recognition, the transponder is only required to be visible, not functional. And if it's not visible, you don't get fined (knock on wood), but they do bill you if applicable.
They made all of us put on temporary plates for Jan 1 and newer sales so nobody gets FasTrak for free just because they have no plates yet.
I have not been cited for no front plate, nor speeding by the FasTrak system. I see lots of folk slow down for the FasTrak cameras, but I've been using it for many years and I'm not a stickler for speed limits.

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I have the new small transponder and mounted it in the area next to the rear view mirror. The 2 times I've used the bridge since then it does properly pick it up and the transponder beeps.
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