Toll - Term Overview

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The toll is the amount that has to be paid when using a means of transport in a certain place.

In some means of transport (maritime, river or road) some routes are used that are more advantageous than others, specially because the routes that are made are better than the rest of the alternatives. Specifically on the roads there are highways, which are faster and with better infrastructure than ordinary roads. In this type of route, tolls are applied.

In one place along the highway, corridors are set up through which vehicles must stop and pay an amount in order to continue their route. Using the highways and spending an amount of money has a series of advantages and also disadvantages. The main advantage is that the highway is a road with better performance, so the driver who uses it will do fewer kilometers, spend less fuel and the trip will be more comfortable. The downside is having to pay for it. The driver must therefore weigh the pros and cons and make a decision. In recent years of economic crisis, toll zones have reduced their traffic, as drivers consider that the price is excessive.

In addition to road transport, there are also these types of taxes in the sea. They have the same mechanism, advantages and disadvantages. The best known case worldwide is that of the Panama Canal. A toll is paid to cross it, but the saving of time, fuel and the best maritime conditions make it the route chosen by the majority.

Paying a toll is a figurative way of referring to some kind of effort that is made to make a profit. Phrases such as: I have paid a very high toll to achieve victory or I am not willing to pay more tolls are used. Here the idea of ‚Äč‚Äčtoll amounts to some major sacrifice that has been made to achieve good. The sacrifice is logically expensive (the payment of the toll symbolizes it) but it's something that in some cases can be worth it.

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