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Outa describes proposed AARTO Act changes as 'unlawful'

Outa says the amendments could make it easier to include e-toll infringements, without proper scrutiny.

FILE. Outa says this could make it easier to include e-toll infringements, without proper scrutiny, adding it would help South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) treat the non-payment of e-tolls as a traffic violation. Picture /Screengrab

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has described the Gauteng Transport Department's bid to change the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act as problematic, saying the amendment would violate the rights of motorists.

The department has published a gazette, which is now open for public input until the 6 January.

Outa says this could make it easier to include e-toll infringements, without proper scrutiny, adding it would help South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) treat the non-payment of e-tolls as a traffic violation.

Spokesperson Wayne Duvenage has urged the public to comment on the gazette before the amendment is passed.

"It means that multiple infringements will be listed on one form, it takes away the need to have photographs of every infringement."

He says, "We believe that's a transgression and violates motorists' right in itself and this will not be legal and needs to be challenged."