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They didn't just ignore Portugal's example..
As far as I know e-tolling has proved to be a dismal failure in most countries, and none of the system live up to their potential revenue targets. I think there are a few in the Netherlands or Germany that are failures as well.
yep... the point of any of these roads is to ease congestions, lower accident rates, lower congestion throughout the city in general and... TO KEEP CITIZENS HAPPY.
Whoever dreamed up these e-Toll projects need to go back to school. Highways already pay for themselves.
I just came back from a holiday in Portugal, and the highways were so empty that in some instances we could drive on for about 10min without seeing a single passing car. So it seems like E-toll, aided by the struggling economy is literally driving people off the roads and rendering the system unfeasible, I am not surprised by this article. One of the locals told me, "We don't know how to strike in Portugal, so now we have these fancy gates and no cars".
“They found that on average 19% of toll-road users fail to pay for using the toll roads and that e-tolls have effectively forced thousands of cars onto secondary roads,” Ollis said.
Ollis relayed statistics which indicate that failure to pay, amongst others, has increased administrative fees from €17 million (±R218 million) in 2011, to €42 million (±R540 million) in 2012.
Based on the lack of support for OUTA (donations) over the last year, it could take a very long time to get to a figure like 19% of road users that have a few brain cells and know what to do with them.