We take a look back at the history of the toll and how you can save time and hassle using your Allstar card as payment.
The M6toll is a 27-mile long motorway connecting the M6 at Junction 3a to Junction 11a of the M6, and first opened 20 years ago, in 2003.
It was a long time in planning. As early as 1980, the UK government had started looking at ways to ease congestion on the M6, which had been built to carry 72,000 vehicles a day and was going to surpass that number soon.
In 1991, it was announced that a privately funded motorway would be built to try and solve the congestion problem, and also to help other existing local roads by being built alongside them. With private funding of £1bn Midland Expressway Ltd won the contract and in 2003, the M6toll opened for business.
The M6toll is now the best route for safety, reliability & efficiency when travelling through the Midlands* and serves more than 50,000 customers a day. The operator of the M6toll claims that less congestion and more reliable journeys result in more efficient use of time for drivers.
Pricing for using the toll varies according to the type of vehicle and length of time on the toll, as you enter the toll plaza, an automatic system works out the applicable price for you.
Toll payment include VAT, so if employees are using the M6toll, you will need to reclaim this. Drivers can use their Allstar card for easy to use payment at the toll booths**, and don’t need to keep receipts either, as all transactions consolidate on your one HMRC-compliant invoice from Allstar so you can reclaim the VAT easily***.
Save time. M6toll customers report an average 25-minute saving on each journey.
Less hassle. No need for drivers to find the correct change or keep receipts.
Simplified admin. All transactions combine on your one HMRC-compliant invoice.
If your drivers are using electric vehicles, then the M6toll could be a useful route to take. With less likelihood of traffic congestion, it’s easier to drive more efficiently, and Norton Canes Services on the route provides a handy spot to stop and charge, thanks to Gridserve chargepoints which can be paid for using the Allstar One Electric card or through Allstar on the Zapmap app.
So whether you and your drivers use the toll everyday, or just now and then when work takes you further afield, using your Allstar card as payment can save you time, save you the hassle of finding petty cash and keeps your admin simple too.
** Subject to Account Holder approval; any additional charges are outlined in the Allstar Standard Charges
*** The Allstar Electric card does not offer this payment function.