Beginning today (April 19) motorists driving to Pattaya using Highway 7 or Bangkok-Pattaya motorway will have to pay more for the entire route of 126-kilometre distance.
Maximum toll for cars will now be increased from 60 baht to 105 baht, while six-wheel vehicles to 170 baht, and 10-wheel trucks to 245 baht.
But actual toll collected will be based on the travel distance.
Under the new closed tolling system, toll booths now have increased to 9 from 5. They are located in Lat Krabang, Bang Bo, Bang Pakong, Phanat Nikhom, Ban Bueng, Bang Phra, Nongkham, Pong, and Pattaya.
Toll for cars will start from 10 baht with maximum fee at 105 baht.
For six-wheel truck, toll will start from 15 to 170 baht, and 10-wheel trucks from 20 to 245 baht.
The Highways Department expects over 150,000 vehicles using Highway 7 per day and toll revenue will increase by 150 million baht per month or 1.8 billion baht per year.
Meanwhile as many motorists were not aware of the new tolling system now in force, traffic jams were reported at some toll booths at Nongkham, Pong, and Pattaya.
Traffic clogged at the tollbooths and stretched as long as 3-4 kilometres.