THE DAUGHTER has just become mobile and as we all know when you get your first car it can't just sit in the driveway.
It has to be driven at every opportunity and you have to be seen cruising around the district.
At least you do that until such time as you realise it costs you every time you turn it on.
While she has come to discover the cost of petrol, she has also come to know that Brisbane is a maze of tolls that can also give you a nasty kick in the back pocket.
I must admit that it has also shocked me regarding the cost of the tolls.
I also didn't know that we have two different toll operators controlling the city. The daughter had contacted one and she thought she had paid all her tolls only to receive a note in the mail to say that a $10.22 fee for an unpaid Airportlink toll had become $23.42 overnight.
Yes tolls must be paid, but a $13.20 administrative fee on a $10.22 toll seems exorbitant to say the least.
I'll go along with a small fee of say $5, but to more than double the fee appears clearly a money grab by Airportlink M7.
In December, more than 1.5 million cars used the Airportlink toll so I'll be conservative and say they sent out 2000 of these demand letters a month which would deliver to them an extra $320,000 a year in revenue. The good news for them is you can't just say that's exorbitant and I am only go to pay the toll.
Their answer to that is be aware the amount will continue to grow and can be referred to government debt collection agency SPER, which attracts an automatic $150 fee.
A workmate recently returned from a long overseas trip to discover that three tolls he had forgotten to pay now cost him $470.
He paid it simply because he had no choice.
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