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'Sanral wasting taxpayer money on misleading ads'

The ASA has again ordered Sanral to remove ads about its new e-toll discounts and tariffs.

FILE: The ASA has again ordered Sanral to remove ads about its new e-toll discounts and tariffs.Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) should stop wasting taxpayer money on ineffective and misleading advertising.

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has once again ordered the roads agency to remove ads about its new e-toll discounts and tariffs.

Last year the ASA ordered Sanral to remove an advert claiming that 83 percent of road users would pay less than R100 e-tolls.

Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage said Sanral should remove all misleading advertising.

"Once again we find that Sanral have been taken to the Advertising Standards Authority by members of the public not by Outa. We just saw a ruling on Friday which indicated that Sanral should remove a misleading advert once again."

E-TOLLS AREN'T ADDING UP

Sanral last week said it was investigating after it emerged that some compliant motorists and companies were paying more for e-tolls during off-peak times under the new dispensation of laws.

Eyewitness News established that the new revised e-tolls tariffs resulted in law abiding motorists and companies paying more per month rather than less.

The first wave of the new dispensation of e-toll tariffs in Gauteng came into effect two week s ago.

New laws were announced in May, after years of legal challenges, protests and a provincial review involving public consultation.

Sanral said it was aware of the unintended repercussions that the revised standard tariff had on the time of day discount and it is investigating the matter.

It said it would inform the public of the outcome of its investigation in due course.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa)'s Wayne Duvenage said the anti-tolling organisation had received numerous complaints from the public.

"There are a lot of businesses who are planning their trips after hours or out of the peak periods because they were enduring a far lower rate. And is a significant rate to what they're enduring now."

Most of those affected are companies who transport goods in off peak times.

It's estimated these tagged users could be paying as much as 67 percent more during off peak times than under the old dispensation.

_ Click here_ to read an explanation of why the numbers (and government's maths) don't add up.

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