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Gauteng drivers 'owe e-tolls R543-m'

2014-04-02 13:36

HALF A BILLION RAND OWED: Since December 2013, Gauteng drivers owe R543-million in overdue e-toll fees .Image: SAPA

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Transport minister Dipuo Peters has reported that Gauteng drivers owe more than a half-billion rand infees since the province's e-tolling system  started on December 3 2013.

Less than 10% of this has been paid.

Peters responded to a parliamentary question posed by Democratic Alliance MP Ian Ollis: "I am informed that as of March 1 an amount of R543 544 574 worth of invoices were transferred to the VPC (Violations Processing Centre)."

MILLIONS SPENT IN DEBT COLLECTION

Peters also revealed that "an amount of R54.7-million (excluding VAT) had been spent on the collection of the debt". This included R32.8-million "for postage and printing of invoices" and a further R21.9-million for "the cost of debt collection processes".

However, responding to a second parliamentary question, Peters said of the total of R543.5-million transferred to the VPC, only R50-million or 9.21% had been paid by February 28 2014.

The VPC is the debt-collection division within the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) responsible for collecting and processing overdue e-tolls.

Contacted for comment on Wednesday (April 2), Sanral spokesman Vusi Mona said the R543.5-million included road users with e-tags who had overdue accounts and those who had not registered but were picked up by the tolling system.

Mona said: "It is those people who have amounts outstanding, whether registered or not."

Mona did not reveal what percentage of Gauteng drivers had registered.
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