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Outa lambasts Sanral

Outa has lashed out at the roads agency for not properly consulting the public before implementing e-tolling.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) was warned that the e-tolling system would be ineffective, judging by the high number of people refusing to pay traffic fines.

Gauteng Premier David Makhura has set up a panel to review the system, which is currently holding public hearings in Johannesburg.

The panel has been tasked with assessing the socio-economic impact of the system.

Outa has proposed that the system be suspended and a fuel levy be instituted to pay back the money for the roads already upgraded.

The association says it is impossible to force the public to comply with the e-tolling system if there is an easy way to avoid it.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says Sanral was well aware that only 25 percent of those receiving traffic fines pay but they still implemented e-tolls regardless.

"That must indicate that there is a compliance problem and there were many grounds for Gauteng residents to oppose the system. The rationale of the decision is questionable."

The organisation also lashed out at the roads agency for not properly consulting the public and motorists before going ahead with the implementation.

The group says the state cannot afford to be fighting with its citizens for years to come over R1.9 billion per year for e-tolls.

So far, only the Consulting Engineers South Africa is in full support of the project.