Sanral: Outa’s claims misleading

Outa says to benefit from the discounted rates motorists still have to follow a clumsy registration process.

FILE: Under the new dispensation, e-toll fees for unregistered users have been slashed by almost 50 percent. Picture: Lesgo ngobeni/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says a statement by Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) and the Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) saying the new gazette e-toll dispensation is "smoke and mirrors" is incorrect and misleading.

Under the new dispensation, e-toll fees for unregistered users have been slashed by almost 50 percent.

Outa and JPSA however, say the tariffs are only applicable to registered e-toll users and that to benefit from the discounted rates motorists still have to follow a clumsy registration and payment process.

Sanral says this is untrue and that the new tariffs apply to users across the board.

Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said, "The gazette does state that the all the proposed changes are going to be implemented in stages, including those commitments they say we are honouring, the whole new dispensation will apply to all motorists irrespective of whether they have the tag or not."

Last week, Gauteng Premier David Makhura assured motorists that any concerns about the new dispensation for e-tolls will be attended to.

He outlined a number of plans to take Gauteng forward in the new financial year.

But at the same time Makhura emphasised that he knew e-tolling was still a major concern to many despite the recent discounts and payment plans.

"We do know that there are those who are feeling that the new dispensation still has issues that they are unhappy about; they still have concerns, and I would like to say once more that any concerns raised with us as the government will be attended to."