Last week, I drove into San Francisco from Sonoma County, and as I approached the toll booths at the Golden Gate Bridge, I found they were all unmanned. “NO STOPPING” read big signs, so I had no choice but to go through a gate that deducted tolls automatically from passes that locals buy. Except I wasn’t a local
Turns out the bridge has eliminated toll booth operators. But I felt sure a camera took a picture of the license plate on my rental car, and I figured I’d get a $100 ticket from Mr. Hertz soon.
It turns out Hertz will get billed, and then I will. But in addition to the $6 toll there will be a hefty handling fee. You can avoid it by paying the toll on line—ask your rental car company for that web site when you return your car if you crossed the Golden Gate Bridge during your travels.
I’m skittish about this because I recently received more than $500 in tickets after renting a car on three separate trips to DC. Turns out there’s a camera at 22nd & K Streets Northwest that clicks shots of speeders. And it’s easy to exceed the 25 mph speed limit in a traffic tunnel.
I’ve learned my lesson, but , boy, do I hate those cameras. What if a friend had been driving my car, for example?
My advice is if you’re going to DC, remember this tunnel near 22nd & K. I’ve paid a lot to learn to give it wide berth (or at least slow to a crawl when approaching it), and so should you.