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JPSA warns Sanral against issuing summonses to defaulters

The JPSA says if Sanral loses these cases in court the e-tolling system could collapse.

Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - As South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) prepares to issue summonses to e-toll defaulters, the Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) says several factors could count against the roads agency if motorists do head to court.

The organisation says the use of unapproved cameras on e-toll gantries as well as several billing inaccuracies could threaten Sanral's credibility in court.

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

The roads agency said 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.

But it says those who want to challenge the receipt of summonses are free to take their matters to court.

Civil society organisation Outa has already communicated its intention to contest the issuing of the court orders.

The Justice Project's Howard Dembovsky says if Sanral loses these cases in court the e-tolling system could collapse.

"If they lose one of the matters in court that will be the end of e-tolls because they are going to have absolutely no way to force people to pay."