Outa welcomes delay in e-toll prosecutions

Authorities must first sort out inconsistencies in the e-toll billing system.

FILE: The Transport Minister urged Sanral to put on hold the prosecution of motorists with outstanding e-toll bills. Picture: EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has welcomed the decision by the Department of Transport to not yet prosecute motorists for outstanding e-toll bills.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters told Eyewitness News she urged the South African National Roads Agency Limited not to go ahead with the agreement with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) to prosecute light vehicle motorists.

This is in order for authorities to have more time to sort out inconsistencies in the e-toll billing system.

Earlier this week, the NPA announced it had appointed two prosecutors to deal with e-tolling prosecutions.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says the news is a great relief.

"I've come to the realisation that with the billing fiasco and the regulations that were in place, it would be difficult for any judge to prosecute somebody who is expected to pay an invoice within seven days."