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Sanral: 'We are meeting our targets'

The roads agency says at last count, 1.2 million e-tags had been sold.

Sanral says it's meeting its targets for collecting e-tolling revenue. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) says it's meeting its targets for collecting e-tolling revenue and has not started sending summonses to motorists who refuse to pay.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) yesterday issued a statement to urge drivers not to be intimidated by the looming legal action.

E-tolling was launched in December and has been plagued by billing issues, evacuations at Sanral's command centre and reports of low levels of public uptake.

According to figures released by the Department Of Transport, motorists ran up a bill of more than half a billion rand in overdue e-tolls from 1 December 2013 to 1 March 2014.

A total of more than R543 million in unpaid tolls had been transferred to Sanral's Violations Processing Centre, which manages debt collection.

Only nine percent of that amount, which excluded VAT, was collected thus far.

With VAT included, the total amount owed as of 1 March was nearly R620 million.

But the roads agency says at last count, 1.2 million e-tags had been sold and the operation is on track.

Sanral's Nazir Alli says the organisation has noticed an increase in payments.

"With the debt collection process, we are seeing that people are starting to pay once they get the invoices and statements."

Sanral has also recently re-entered the bond market, raising half a billion rand.

E-tolling was launched in December, despite widespread opposition from politicians, groups and Gauteng residents.