we've been talking a little in the chatbox but I just wanted to post this link here too
this dude is trying to help with this problem, I would like to see that happen.
but I digress, Arm yourself with knowledge, and carry a shield of politeness. in the grand scheme of things the authorities have a right to ensure public safety, just as you have a right to transportation. go into the situation working from the point of view that you AND the law are right, and all you need to do is get along. a compromised goal is better than a failed goal.
that said in a perfect world they wouldn't put the costs onto you but hey, at least the roads are paved.
fight the good fight!