Drivers using the M6 Toll Road will be able to pay for their journey using their contactless credit and debit cards from as early as February 2012.
The M6 Toll has been working with Barclaycard to install easy-to-use contactless payments at toll booths, allowing customers to pay for their journey by simply holding their card over the terminal.
Contactless will initially be trialled on a single lane from this autumn, with the aim of rolling the technology out across all card-accepting toll booths in the first quarter of 2012.
Contactless allows users to pay for goods and services under £15 by simply holding their card on a reader without the need to enter a PIN or sign their name. The technology is 52% faster to transact than cash and 33% quicker than chip and PIN payments.
Richard Armstrong, Head of Barclaycard UK Payment Acceptance, said: “The contactless terminals at card payment lanes at the toll payment plazas will not only cut queues, but will also help drivers avoid the potentially dangerous scrabble for change.”
Tom Fanning, Chief Executive of the M6 Toll, said: “Over 40,000 drivers benefit from the ease and reliability of the M6 Toll every day.
"The introduction of contactless is the latest step in making card payment as quick and easy as using the road itself."