E-ZPass Or Cash?
With the Labor Day holiday weekend only a few hours away, many Americans will be hitting the roads, and the tolls.
For some, E-ZPass is the “easy” way to drive through toll booths without having to stop to pay. But for others, despite the convenience, cash is king.
Drivers in favor of paper currency say they like stopping to talk to toll takers. They also have a fear of scams, overcharging (in electronic tolls) and government surveillance.
Recently, the Boston Globe reached out and talked with some “conscientious objectors” who refused to get on board with E-ZPass. Their reasons for sticking with cash and enduring traffic jams and long lines behind the toll booths include:
“They are concerned about government surveillance. They are apprehensive about erroneous fees charged automatically to their credit cards. They disapprove of eliminating good jobs held by toll takers for decades. And they would miss the small social exchanges with toll takers, the face-to-face contact, as they pass over their fare.”