The Dominican Republic has a highway toll plaza similar to Florida’s Sun Pass, Puerto Rico’s AutoExpresso or Spain’s Vial-T. The Dominican program is called Paso Rápido and function in all Dominican government owned toll plazas. In this article we will learn of this system available to all owners of vehicles in the country.
Tolls With Paso Rápido Map
All toll plazas owned by the Dominican government are administered by RD Vial. These toll plazas are able to process Paso Rápido which gives the option of using cash (a ver important feature during the Covid-19 Pandemic). In addition, it also offers a substantial reduction in the time it takes to pass through a toll plaza.
Light Vehicles and Heavy Vehicles (vehículos livianos y vehículos pesados)
The words “light vehicles” and “heavy vehicles” has particular definitions based on the categories of vehicles. The meanings are as follows.
This category includes vehicles in category 1, which are the following:
- Pick Ups
- Sport Utility Vehicles / SUVs
Included in this term are categories 2, 3, 4 y 5:
- 2 Axels Vehicles
- 3 and 4 Axles Vehicles
- 5 and 6 Axles Vehicles
- 7 or More Axles Vehicles
There are four types of signs on the toll plazas (they don’t all appear in all toll plazas) indicating Paso Rápido is accepted. Each sign also indicates what types of vehicles are allowed in each lane.
There are four types of Paso Rápido accounts and each comes with a kit (one TAG per kit).
This account can be acquired by a physical person and includes one kit. The TAG can be installed in one vehivcle only.
As the previous one, it can be bought by a physical person. Each account can be acquired by one person, but includes a minimum of 2 kits and a maximum of 10 kits. Each tag is place in one vehicle respectively. As the name of the account suggest, it is appropriate for a family with several vehicles.
This account can be acquired by a legal person only (formal companies) of very small firms. Each account comes with a minimum 2 kits and a maximum of 15 kits. Each TAG can be i stall in one vehicle respectively.
Similar to the previous account, it is sold to legal people only (formal companies). Each account comes with a minimum of 5 kits and there is no maximum limit. Each TAG is installed in a vehicle with commercial plates.
Information and Sales Points
To get more information (including brochures) of Paso Rápido is quite simple. Temporary tents are located in parking lots, inside particular buildings, etc. They are also sold in various toll plazas administerec by RD Vial, the main office of RD Vial, and in authorized commercial businesses nationwide (Sirena, Farmacia Carol, Farmacias Los Hidalgos, Total gas stations, Texaco gas stations, etc).
Something important to note is that the purchase of Paso Rápido kits doesn’t implies that it will function or anything else. It is required the use of a Paso Rápido technician to install the TAG. The kit must be registered and a Paso Rápido portal account must be created. Once all of that is acheived, the Paso Rápido account can be refilled in the portal, in the service points located in the toll plazas, and in the Paso Rápido app in iOS and android. In order to refill the account, the identity number found on the left side of the TAG, under the barcode.
Paso Rápido In The Dominican Republic Video (in Spanish)
Paso Rápido Application
The Paso Rápido application for smart phones on android or iOS can be downloaded on Google Plqybor the App Store. One downloaded, the app can be used to check the prices of each toll plaza. It can also be used to refill each account using a credit card, review each accounts balance, each toll you have passed including the date, time, and thecdiscounted amount. In addition, the number of the TAG(s) is aleo shown and other things. The app is completely free.