When the Expressway Authority of Thailand introduced the Easy Pass system towards the end of 2009, I was one of the first to drop in to the office near the Port expressway to pick up my little grey sensor box and top-up smart card. I was happy to pay the 1,000 baht deposit in order to snub my nose at the long queues lining up at the toll booths every rush hour.
I dutifully stuck the little grey sensor box behind my rear-view mirror as instructed, and frowned at drivers who insisted on holding up their Easy Pass boxes at awkward angles so that the sensor beam failed to pick it up, thereby holding us up. Then there were those cars with dark, tinted film screens that either served to protect drivers from getting a farmer's tan, or mafia dons from would-be assassins. These cars would also have trouble passing through the Easy Pass lane, eliciting expletives from the cars behind.
Anyway, my Easy Pass generally got me through the rush hour queues swiftly, which was merciful when you were late for picking up kids from school, which was quite often.
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