Outa to make submissions on ‘the failures of e-tolling’

Outa will meet with Parliament’s Transport Portfolio Committee in Cape Town today.

FILE: To ensure compliance, the government warned there were plans to withhold vehicle licence renewals if e-toll bills were not paid. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) is expected to make submissions to Parliament's Transport Portfolio Committee today on what it regards as the failures of e-tolling.

Last year, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a new funding structure for the unpopular electronic tolling system in Gauteng, which included reduced tariffs.

To ensure compliance, government warned there were plans to withhold vehicle licence renewals if e-toll bills were not paid.

This had to be gazetted as it requires legislative changes.

Outa spokesperson John Clarke says the group requested a meeting with Members of Parliament.

"The last step that they want to try to implement is linked to the renewal of drivers licenses. We think it is only going to make things worse for the province because it will just mean people won't pay for their license disks as well."