Outa: 2015 the year of sanity for e-tolls

Outa says the closure of some e-toll kiosks shows compliance is low & people are frustrated.

FILE: An e-toll sign on the N1 in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) says the closure of some e-toll kiosks in Gauteng shows that compliance is low and people are frustrated with the system which went live just over a year ago.

The Star newspaper is reporting this morning that a number of kiosks that were set up to register for e-tags and pay e-toll accounts have been closed.

The multi-billion rand e-toll system went live a year ago but has been met with some resistance notably from Outa and the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu).

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says, "I think 2015 is going to be the year of sanity on this. For three years now this has been going on; they launched a year ago, two years later than they should have. The regulatory environment was right and all the stuff that we indicated has come true… the massive number of problems, administrative problems, the high cost and the low compliance."

But the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it was always part of the plan to close down some of the kiosks as the project evolved.