Tuesday, January 31, 2012

My world Tuesday: Tunnels




These new tunnels cut the travel in the North. But you have to pay tolls. When I arrived in New Zealand in 1978, you had to pay tolls on the Auckland Harbour bridge. The people protested that they were the only people in New Zealand who has to pay to use the road. The toll was abolished when you cross the bridge.

Now as you enter this tunnel, it is payment in Singapore's user pay system, the computer automatically sensors your car, and informs the transportation department, or you queue at the booth or at the gas station. My friend was telling me that during the holiday period, the tranport dept was also on holiday, and this caused a lot of disruption to the foreign tourist. What an archiac system, they wrote to the newspapers.

As for me, travelling into a tunnel is a sendtimental one. It reminds me of the tunnerl from Windsor in Canada to Detroit in USA. Had a few stories too. Save these for another day. I have to go out.







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7 comments:

Ginny said...

The computer can identify your car, then send you a bill?

M.Kate said...

That toll thing is so similar here. Everywhere is 'toll-ed'. One should think that after some years, it should be toll free but no.

So, Gong xi Fa cai...a late one. Wishing you and your family loads of good luck, fortune, prosperity and health this dragon year. hugs..mK

eileeninmd said...

Hi Ann, we have the same system here, it is like a easy-pass on your car window used to go over bridges and to on various roads. They seem to be putting toll booths all over the place and prices keep going up. Just another way to make everyone pay more taxes.

jabblog said...

I wish our roads were as empty as yours - driving would be so much more pleasurable:-)

alicesg said...

Gong Xi Fa Cai. I wonder if we need to wear a cash card around us, maybe next time streets become too congested, we need to pay to walk on the streets hahaha.

Ann said...

Big Brother is watching you? Yes, this computer is even better than the one used in Singapore where you need a gadget.

Marja said...

I didn't know there were toll roads in NZ Luckily we've got none overhere.