Sanral boss: E-toll system is stable

Sanral says the billing system is accurate despite widespread claims of inaccurate bills.

An e-toll gantry on the N1 in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

PRETORIA - South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) Chief Executive Officer, Nazir Alli, has told Eyewitness News the e-tolling system is "stable" and is collecting "accurate" information as motorists pass the gantries.

According to the roads agency, 1.2 million people have been registered and are paying their e-toll bills.

The roads agency has dismissed public perception that the system has failed as some are refusing to pay their bills.

Many are also claiming bills are inaccurate, but Alli denies this.

"We are still collecting the correct information with the vehicles which are traveling on the road. No one has turned around and said we got that incorrectly."

Alli says there is only a small portion of society which is refusing to pay their bills.

"We got 1.2 million registered and they're the silent majority. Has anyone gone up to them and asked them about it."

Last month several anti-e-toll protesters set their e-toll bills alight in front of the company's offices and threatened to intensify their campaign if the roads agency doesn't listen to their grievances.

Alli says the agency is still trying to force motorists to pay their unpaid bills through other means of debt collection, before it will turn to the courts for help.

Two prosecutors have already been appointed to deal with court cases where motorists have refused to pay their bills.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance has promised to help pay the legal bill for the first few motorists summoned for not paying.

Nazir Alli says for now no one will be prosecuted for not paying their e-toll bills, while there are other ways to force motorists to pay their debt.

Alli says more motorists are registering for the system.

"We believe that you find that people are starting to recognise that they have to pay the debt."

Sanral will meet with the Gauteng e-tolls review panel again this month, before the chairperson has to make recommendations to the provincial government.