Outa sees recent Sanral advert as 'distasteful'

Outa says roads agency Sanral is only making a mockery of the e-tolling scheme.

FILE: Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance chairperson Wayne Duvenage listens to presentations at the e-Toll hearings in Kempton Park on 13 November, 2012. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) says a recent tactic by South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to promote the new dispensation is 'distasteful'.

Outa has reacted to a series of government advertisements in which celebrities Minnie Dlamini, Khanyi Mbau and radio DJ T'bo Touch express their support for the tolling system.

The first roll-out of the new dispensation for e-toll tariffs came into effect in Gauteng last month.

The organisation says Sanral is only making a mockery of the scheme.

Spokesperson Wayne Duvenage said, "This is not shampoo or various goods that they are trying to sell, this is government policy and one finds it quite distasteful. It's amusing that the public aren't sold on tolling being in the best interest of society and we don't think it will work."

The roads agency has refused to comment on the matter.