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2012-11-23 13:05

THERE'S NO ESCAPING: Sanral has confirmed e-tags will be rolled out at toll plazas across SA, although elaborate toll gantries, such as those used in Gauteng, won't necessarily be erected.

JOHANNESBURG - A penalty outlined in the tariff notification for the introduction of e-tolling on Gauteng highways is unlawful, AfriForum said on Thursday.

AfriForum leader Kallie Kriel said in a statement that the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) Act did not "make provision for the creation of a category of road users based on the payment mechanism road users prefer".

"The so-called 'penalty tariff' targeting those who do not register for e-tolls or with Sanral is therefore unlawful."

'DON'T REGISTER'

The Sanral Act also decreed that drivers pay toll fees, which was in conflict with the e-toll system, as the vehicle owner was meant to be registered for the payments.

AfriForum submitted its legal opinion on the e-tolling system to Sanral earlier in the day.

Kriel urged vehicle owners NOT to register for e-tolling and said AfriForum would not register its vehicles.

"If there are sufficient numbers of owners who in protest don't register either, it will force the authorities to rethink the e-tolling system as a non cost-effective recovery mechanism," Kriel said.

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