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'Legality of e-toll system still in question'

Outa has urged motorists not to pay outstanding bills and has called the system ‘unlawful’.

FILE:An e-toll gantry on the N1 in Johannesburg.  Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Two years after e-tolling was implemented on Gauteng highways, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) says it's clear the system is not working, with less than 10 percent of motorists paying their debt.

Since the start of the month, road users have been eligible to apply for a 60 percent discount on their historic debt - this window will close in May.

The electronic tolling concession says the current compliance figure is around 30 percent and the amount of debt owed is R5,9 billion.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage has urged motorists not to fork out money, saying the legality of the system is still in question.

"If you got a bonus this season, do not get tempted to pay outstanding e-toll bills. The reason we say that is because those e-toll bills are unlawful. The whole scheme is unlawful. We say to the public, they do not have an e-toll bill."