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Rigil Kent (November 26, 2013, 16:12:31 PM):
Have you seen the movie?
Why I Won't Pay for Gauteng's eTolls
Mefiante (November 26, 2013, 17:46:34 PM):
Rigil, thanks for sharing. Besides being a rousing call to civil disobedience, that’s a superb summary of the issues at stake and why this imposition should — no, must! — be resisted.

One minor quibble: I feel they should have added 15 or 20 seconds on why, given an adequate number of protestors, the recommended disobedience will inevitably succeed (basically, because the system absolutely requires that by far the majority, i.e. upward of 90%, of regular users have e-tags, otherwise their whole billing system collapses under its own weight of paper).

ETA: News just in. As if more evidence were necessary that they want people to acquire e-tags (or at least register an account, which allows tolls to be directly debited against a bank account), SANRAL warns untagged road users of hefty bills. Desperation, anyone?

'Luthon64
Mefiante (November 28, 2013, 14:54:57 PM):
And the guvvamint baloney continues unchecked. Now it’s the SA Post Office claiming it can handle up to a million e-toll invoices daily because — get this — it already handles around 450,000 traffic-related mail items monthly.

SAPO’s logic is clearly flawless…

One commenter suggests returning e-toll bills to sender. Others suggest requesting proof from ETC that you did in fact use the highway at the times and places they claim. I like both ideas. They’ll add usefully to the chaos that is surely on its way.

'Luthon64
brianvds (November 28, 2013, 16:27:49 PM):
One commenter suggests returning e-toll bills to sender. Others suggest requesting proof from ETC that you did in fact use the highway at the times and places they claim. I like both ideas. They’ll add usefully to the chaos that is surely on its way.

With significant noncompliance the system will inevitably collapse completely and utterly. The only question is whether they will manage to sway enough of the public with their threats, and possibly by harshly making an example of a few hapless early victims.
brianvds (November 28, 2013, 16:45:54 PM):
Another view:

http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/If-SANRALs-number-place-recognition-systems-are-so-good-then-why-do-we-need-e-tags-20131128

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