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‘Sanral & govt entering dangerous terrain over e-toll, licence enforcements’

Last month, the Department of Transport published a gazette which seeks to amend the Aarto.

E-tolls went live on Tuesday at midnight without any incidents being reported. Picture: EWN
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CAPE TOWN - Pressure group Opposition to the Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has warned South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the government are entering dangerous terrain by planning to link e-toll enforcement with vehicle licence renewals.

Last year, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa warned licence disks would be withheld if motorists don’t settle their e-toll bills.

This requires legislative changes.

This Gazette seeks to amend the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (Aarto) in an attempt to make it easier to include e toll infringements into the adjudication process by the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA).

Last month, the Department of Transport published a gazette which seeks to amend the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act, known as Aarto.

Outa believes it is an attempt to include e-toll infringements into the adjudication process by the RTIA.

Its chairperson Wayne Duvenage sounded a warning while briefing Parliament’s Transport Portfolio Committee today on what he regards as the failures of e-tolling.

“More concerning, it will invite the extending of e-tolls tax revolt into the vehicle licencing space, and that’s not a healthy space for government, local and national, to be in.”

The Democratic Alliance believes the motoring public will continue to oppose e-tolling, even if legislation is introduced forcing drivers to pay their outstanding bills.

Electronic tolling of some of Gauteng’s busiest highways began at the end of 2013 after several delays and court challenges.

Outa says less than ten percent of motorists are compliant.

(Edited by Masechaba Sefularo)

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