OUTA: Don't be intimidated by Sanral

Unregistered motorists have raised concerns about SMSs from Sanral.

The controversial Gauteng e-tolling system. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) on Thursday added its voice to concerns raised by motorists about e-tolling.

Drivers who are not registered for e-tolls say they received SMSs from the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) about toll fees owed.

Non-registered motorists received messages warning that outstanding bills will be handed over to the process centre.

But OUTA's Wayne Duvenage says drivers must wait for their invoice in registered mail.

"They [motorists] need not be bullied by Sanral, they need not be intimidated. Sanral needs to issue them with an invoice, especially businesses, as they cannot pay without tax invoices."

Meanwhile, government has slammed an SMS "hoax" claiming Sanral and the police are setting up illegal roadblocks and forcing people to buy e-tags.

The controversial system went live at midnight on 3 December after months of legal wrangling, protests and calls for civil disobedience.