Detailed Rules for Use of the ETC System(Excerpt)

(Purpose)

Article 1. These Rules are those referred to in Article 12 of the ETC System Terms of Use (hereinafter called "Terms of Use").

(Use of ETC)

Article 2. On a toll expressway managed by East Nippon Expressway Company Limited, Central Nippon Expressway Company Limited, West Nippon Expressway Company Limited, Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway Company Limited or certain public corporations, when entering the expressway through an ETC lane in a car installed with ETC equipment, you must use the same onboard equipment when exiting through the ETC lane at the exit tollgate or the ticket inspection gate. "Tollgate" in this document means any gate where you receive a ticket at the starting point or pay the toll at the end point of the road section. "Ticket gate" in this document means any tollgate where tickets are inspected.

(Passing through a tollgate)

Article 3. In the event that you need a certificate of use for a toll road managed by a road administrator that manages the ETC system, you need to use a cash lane or a mixed lane, stop at the ticket window and ask for a certificate of use after giving the attendant there your ETC card. You cannot receive the certificate when passing through a Smart IC. In this document, "cash lane" means a lane other than an ETC lane and "mixed lane" means a lane with an "ETC/一般" sign.

  • 3.2.In the event that you wish to use ETC discount programs for the disabled for a toll road managed by the road administrator that manages the ETC system, please follow the procedures set out by the road administrator (hereinafter called "the Procedures"). In cases where the Procedures have not yet been completed, an ETC lane cannot be used, or other special circumstances, if you would like the staff to manually process the discount, please proceed to either a cash lane or a mixed lane at the tollgate. Stop your vehicle, present your Physical Disability Certificate or your Mental Disability Certificate to the staff, and hand over your ETC card. Please note: when using Smart IC, be certain to stop your car in front of the gate even if it opens, and call the staff.
  • 3.3.On a toll expressway managed by East Nippon Expressway Company Limited, Central Nippon Expressway Company Limited, West Nippon Expressway Company Limited, Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway Company Limited or certain public corporations, when exiting through an ETC lane in a car equipped with ETC equipment, the ETC user needs to stop at the ticket window and give the ETC card to the attendant. When the exit tollgate is a Smart IC follow the instructions of the direction board, the attendant and other instructions.
  • 3.4.On a toll expressway managed by East Nippon Expressway Company Limited, Central Nippon Expressway Company Limited, West Nippon Expressway Company Limited, Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway Company Limited or public corporations, when entering the expressway where receive a ticket at the entrance tollgate, you need to use a cash lane or a mixed lane at the exit tollgate or ticket gate. In such case, you must stop at the ticket window and give the attendant your ETC card and expressway ticket. You cannot use that tollgate/inspection gate when the exit tollgate is a Smart IC.
  • 3.5.[Omitted]
  • 3.6. In event that you exit the expressway, or regular national highways managed by Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway Company Limited, before reaching your intended exit tollgate due to road closure or for other reasons, if you intend to receive the toll adjustment from East Nippon Expressway Company Limited, Central Nippon Expressway Company Limited West Nippon Expressway Company Limited or Honshu-Shikoku Bridge Expressway Company Limited by reentering the expressway, you need to use the same onboard equipment and ETC card that you used when exiting before your destination due to the road closure, etc.
(Slowing)

Article 4. As specified in Article 8.1 (2) and (6) and 8.2 (1) and (3) of the Terms of Use , you need to drive at a speed that allows you to stop safely even in unforeseeable circumstances that make it difficult to pass through the lane safely, including the sudden stoppage of vehicles in front of your car in the ETC lane or failure of the gate to open or close properly, so as to avoid colliding with a vehicle in front of you or with the gate or other facilities.

(Other)

Article 5. [Omitted]

Appendix

  • 1.These Rules will be effective from 28th March ,2012. For roads or ETC road administrators that have not yet introduced the ETC toll collection system, these rules will be effective from the date when the ETC toll collection system is introduced.
  • 2.These Rules shall supercede the Detailed Rules for Use of the ETC System that were established on 1st January ,2012.