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Outa upset over NCA exemption for Sanral

Outa says its worried the e-tolling bill allows Sanral not to operate under the National Credit Act.

Gauteng e-toll gantry. Picture: Sapa

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Wednesday said the new e-tolling bill was of concern because the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) would not have to operate under the National Credit Act (NCA).

The bill was tabled in Parliament last week, when government was due to make an announcement on the date e-tolling would be implemented in Gauteng but that was set back.

The most controversial section of the bill appears to give Sanral permission not to operate under the NCA, to make it easier to collect tolls from motorists.

Outa chairman Wayne Duvenhage said it was concerning the bill allowed for that.

He said Outa was hopeful a North Gauteng High Court review of the project would agree that e-tolling should not be scrapped completely.

Our view is that e-tolling in its current format, the way it has been set up, has to be challenged, Duvenage added.

Revenue collected from the e-toll system will pay a R20 billion debt incurred by Sanral to build the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project in 2007.