Collecting road tolls - not.

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If you are given a hard time, because a project is late, there's now a good example to point to and say "well, it could be a lot worse".

The German TollCollect consortium that is contracted by the German government to build and operate a GSM/GPS based system to collect a country-wide, per-kilometer road use toll from trucks is currently caught right in the middle of one of the most publicized, most political and most costly IT project delays in Germany, ever. The problems seem to be a nightmarish combination of problems arising from in a huge project slammed together in a hurry and the blame must be given to both sides, the government and the industry partners. However, the result is absolutely disastrous for the already overstressed state budgets: German taxpayers are currently losing at least US$150 million (€130 million) a month just because of the project delays.

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