The George Washington Bridge is one of the bridges and tunnels affected by the rate hike. (Photo: John O'Connel via Wikimedia Commons)

The George Washington Bridge is one of the bridges and tunnels affected by the rate hike. (Photo: John O'Connel via Wikimedia Commons)

The start of December brought with it higher toll rates for bridges and tunnels operated by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.

Tolls for a five-axle truck increased by $10, bringing it to $65 for E-ZPass users during off-peak hours. It increased to $70 for E-ZPass users during peak hours and to $57.50 for E-ZPass users for weekdays overnight.

Cash tolls now run $85.

All rates apply to the Lincoln and Holland tunnels, the George Washington, Bayonne and Goethals bridges, and the Outerbridge Crossing.

Tolls along the routes are scheduled to increase again the first of December in 2014 and 2015.

The full toll schedule can be viewed online.

The toll increases have been heavily criticized by several trucking groups, including the New York State Motor Truck Association, with the NorthJersey.com reporting some truckers saying they will avoid the New York City area due to the higher fees.

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