French pupils on a school tour south of Krakow was asked by policemen to pay 4000 euros ( 16000 zl ) in Cash for this road tax
You do realise that in France - you either pay on the spot or they take the vehicle? There are a *lot* of examples of the French causing trouble with British citizens - for instance, they are infamous for sitting on the A16 Coast Motorway and heavily fining British tourists on their way to Calais - over trivial hi-viz vest infringements.
There are prominent signs at *every* border crossing informing drivers that they must pay.
No to mention this tax which is going to hit hard the numerous tourists coaches ,buses, trucks which will have to use Polish roads during the Euro 2012.
Why aren't you complaining about the German, Slovakian, Czech, Belgian, Dutch, etc schemes?
Had you heard of this road tax before?
Anyone who crosses the Polish border would see the big signs.
if it was written somewhere that there is such a tax in Poland
Are the big signs not enough?
For me it is the bus company that tried to save money by cheating, then using its customers as hostages.
Indeed. Given the profilieration of schemes throughout Europe, the bus company would surely have known about the scheme. All to save a few Euro...
the thing is the whole project is badly designed, implemented and run
Actually, the project was well designed, implemented and run. Unlike the disaster in Slovakia, the scheme was built quickly and went on-line exactly when it should have. The boxes are very cheap (unlike the German/Slovak/Austrian ones!) and the system requires little effort from the users. The only real issue is that due to the way that the tolling laws were implemented in the 1990's - the boxes are only on GDDKiA roads and not private ones.
Gumishu , they could send the kids back at their expense
Why? I doubt France would be sending kids on their expense. You certainly don't see France sending car drivers without means of payment back home!