Suzanne deLesdernier has heard all the reasons she should install an E-ZPass in her car. The transponders are free. The tolls are cheaper when they are paid by credit card. She can drive through the booths more quickly without having to stop to hand over cash.
But deLesdernier is not the kind of person easily swayed from her principles. Call her a conscientious objector.
“I don’t want one,” said deLesdernier, who lives in Lowell. “Maybe I’m unusual, but I don’t think so.”
DeLesdernier is part of a small but stubborn group of Massachusetts drivers who decline to order an E-ZPass, the state’s electronic toll transponder — not because they do not know where to obtain one, or because they do not have a bank account, but because they do not agree with electronic tolling.
Some of the reasons for their intransigence 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.
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