Sanral: Taxi drivers receiving e-toll bills operating illegally

Thousands of taxi drivers are demanding the scrapping of the controversial project entirely.

Hundreds of taxi operators make their way to the office of the MEC in the Johannesburg CBD on 17 November 2014. Picture: Aurelie Kalenga/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says taxi operators who are receiving e-toll bills are operating on the roads illegally.

While the National Roads Act exempts public transport vehicles from paying for tolls, thousands of taxi drivers are demanding the scrapping of the controversial project entirely.

Sanral's Vusi Mona says there are no plans to change the rules.

"We encourage taxi operators to come forward and engage with Sanral on this matter because registering for the exemption is an easy process and no one should doubt its efficiency and reliability."

Taxi operators yesterday blocked the N12 and M1 highways, bringing traffic to a standstill.

The taxi drivers embarked on a go-slow leaving thousands stranded as no warning was given.

Taxi owners said they've had several run-ins with police leading to their permits being confiscated and they're now saying enough is enough.

They said whenever they buy new vehicles, their old permits are not transferred and this leads to run-ins with Johannesburg Metro Police Department.

They also demanded the scrapping of the e-toll system and the immediate reinstatement of their permits.

Commuters in parts of the province had to find alternative transport due to the strike.