Sheriffs to start knocking on e-toll defaulters’ doors in next few days

The agency has announced that the summonses would be delivered by sheriffs in Gauteng.

An e-toll gantry on the N1 in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Road users who have refused to pay their e-toll debts may receive civil summonses from the South African Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) over the next few days.

Sanral has announced that the summonses will be delivered by sheriffs, in different jurisdictions, in Gauteng.

The roads agency says the summonses should not be confused with criminal proceedings but rather, the issue is being approached like the non-payment of any other commercial account.

The Gauteng freeway improvement project's Alex van Niekerk says it's about Sanral's responsibility to those who have been paying their e-toll accounts.

"There are thousands of people paying their e-toll bills and there are many questions raised by those people [like] 'what are you doing about those who are not paying and why must we continue to pay?' This is not only about chasing money."