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Old 11-04-2015, 09:18 AM
 
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If anyone needs another reason why we shouldn't allow toll roads/highways...I received a bill some time ago on toll charges somewhere near Austin. It gave the license plate number on my old GMC truck on the paperwork, but nothing else about the vehicle. Since I hadn't been anywhere within 80 or more miles of that location in a couple of decades, I knew it had to be a mistake. Even if I had been in the area, I always avoid any toll roads. The second time, they sent another one with a paper copy of the photo. It must have been dark and the license plate was illegible, except maybe for the first letter. I took a picture of the front of my old GMC truck and sent it back with the paperwork. On the picture I could actually see that it looked like a Chevy car, not a GMC truck (has the red GMC on the front grill). They must have just guessed on the license plate number, then not even made sure the vehicle looked the same. Anyway, at least they sent something back saying they're dropping the matter and they apologized.
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Old 11-04-2015, 10:10 AM
 
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This happened to me also with my Tundra. I got a bill in the mail for using the tolls in Houston. I called them and the issue was resolved.

A lot of people in cities with toll roads are finding ways to make the license plate harder to read, that could be part of the problem.
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Old 11-04-2015, 03:03 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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You say that you won't use them how. Try sitting in 8am traffic on the access road for 30 minutes while taking the toll road takes two. There's 30 minute people who will do that to save 1.06 and then there's the people that will spend the 1.06. I'm the one that will spend the 1.06.
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Old 11-04-2015, 03:07 PM
 
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If your argument is that no one should say that they will not use them, at that point then the toll roads would become crowded. Why would anyone pay to use a crowded road?

As long we have people refusing to use them, traffic will be less and that will push certain people to pay to use less crowded roads.

It all balances out.

That being said, I still don't like toll roads and hope they don't come here.
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Old 11-04-2015, 06:51 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX via San Antonio, TX
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If your argument is that no one should say that they will not use them, at that point then the toll roads would become crowded. Why would anyone pay to use a crowded road?

As long we have people refusing to use them, traffic will be less and that will push certain people to pay to use less crowded roads.

It all balances out.

That being said, I still don't like toll roads and hope they don't come here.
That was basically what I was saying. There's people that wil pay for it and be speedy and others who won't. That's the beauty of the toll. It's a choice. It's not mandatory in anyway.

And as far as older registered cars racking up tolls on your dime, it's not the first or last time this will happen. I had a friend who said someone used their car in Houston and racked up (with late fees) a $5,000 tab.
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Old 11-04-2015, 07:39 PM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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There are plans for toll roads in San Antonio.
See here:
The San Antonio Area Freeway System - Tollway System

The 281 project:
However, with the voter approval of Proposition 7 in November 2015, officials have indicated that the toll component of this project will be dropped. This page will be updated in the near future with those revised plans.
The San Antonio Area Freeway System - US 281 North Expansion/Tollway Project
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Old 11-04-2015, 08:32 PM
 
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If anyone needs another reason why we shouldn't allow toll roads/highways...I received a bill some time ago on toll charges somewhere near Austin. It gave the license plate number on my old GMC truck on the paperwork, but nothing else about the vehicle. Since I hadn't been anywhere within 80 or more miles of that location in a couple of decades, I knew it had to be a mistake. Even if I had been in the area, I always avoid any toll roads. The second time, they sent another one with a paper copy of the photo. It must have been dark and the license plate was illegible, except maybe for the first letter. I took a picture of the front of my old GMC truck and sent it back with the paperwork. On the picture I could actually see that it looked like a Chevy car, not a GMC truck (has the red GMC on the front grill). They must have just guessed on the license plate number, then not even made sure the vehicle looked the same. Anyway, at least they sent something back saying they're dropping the matter and they apologized.


Did you just ignore the first notice/bill?
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Old 11-04-2015, 09:27 PM
 
Location: TX
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I waited for the photo sent on the second notice. Then I could prove to them it wasn't my vehicle. Strange that they just send those out to a random person when the license plate is so clearly illegible.
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