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No e-tag? Pay up R1.75/km!

2012-04-16 14:10

Johannesburg - Drivers who don’t purchase an e-tag for Gauteng’s new toll roads have been threatened with a punitive tariff of R1.75/km!

‘Mother of all protests’ planned.

The SA National Roads Agency said: "Users who do not register, or who do not have valid and operational e-tags and who do not pay within seven days will ultimately pay a significantly higher tariff."

The agency cited costs associated with recovering payment, including invoicing and debt collection, as reasons for the R1.75 punitive tariff; the usual rate is 30c/km for registered users.

'UNDERHANDED TARIFF'

Sanral's statement follows criticism from the Democratic Alliance on Sunday that the new rate was introduced without engaging the public.

The DA's Gauteng transport spokesperson, Neil Campbell, said: "The DA is alarmed by the underhanded manner in which the national Minister of Transport, S'bu Ndebele, and Sanral have introduced a new punitive tariff for non-registered users.

"The absolute arrogance and lack of transparent processes shown by Sanral to the public throughout the whole toll introduction is abhorrent."

Sanral described an "alternate user" as someone "who does not have a valid and operational e-tag, is not registered with Sanral, and who is not a day-pass user".

"Sanral's view is that paying users should not pay higher costs to cover those who choose not to pay. As per Sanral's governing legislation, it has long been an offence not to pay toll fees and the status quo is retained," Sanral said.

"By continually encouraging users not to register, it is actually the DA that is going to end up costing road users significantly more than they could otherwise have been paying."

Sanral highlighted that the "alternate user" was entitled to pay the standard tariff if he or she paid within the seven days' grace period. It said this period lapsed seven days after the due date.

MOUNTING COSTS

Quoting from a statement it issued in 2011, the agency said it had indicated that non-payment of tolls would result in additional costs.
It urged road users "to do what is necessary" for them to pay the least amount possible in e-toll fees.

"Road users should not rely on the fear-mongering and false promises of organisations with their own peculiar vested interests who claim that they will be able to stop e-tolling for ever."

Meanwhile, Campbell called on National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala to investigate this "outrageous" new penalty tariff.

A recent march by the Congress of SA Trade Unions highlighted opposition to the tolls, with many motorists threatening not to pay.

The Justice Project SA lambasted Sanral and Ndebele for "intimidating" motorists to buy e-tags.

The group said: "Just when we thought [they] could not get any more devious, they have surprised us all... Now more than ever is the time for Gauteng drivers to stand firm and refuse to be intimidated by the bullies."

The organisation hoped the courts could bring an end to this "looming disaster".

According to Sanral, 300 000 road users had e-tags at the start of April 2012. The toll system will officiall kick in at midnight on April 30.

SAPA

Comments
  • CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-16 14:48

    Gotta love this communist ANC regime !!!

      Artur - 2012-04-16 14:53

      So were do i buy that spray on mud, or spray on tires so i can hide my number plate?

      Gestoffle - 2012-04-16 21:53

      I am sorry if I don't get this....bit of maths for you. What is fuel in SA at the moment R10/litre ? (I live in the uk) So if my vehicle is doing 10kms to the litre, its costing me R1/km right? So the effective aggregate now is R1.30/km. a 30% increase! With these high fuel prices as it is, why dont you load it more, you moron ANC fools.

  • Fredster - 2012-04-16 15:08

    So THEY mess up and WE must pay....uhm, yes sounds like our goverment

  • Trevor - 2012-04-16 15:52

    Goodluck ANC...you just going to make lawyers richer, courts over burdened even more so and I BET, once registered, you going to increase the etoll later to make up for those not paying will be your excuse...it's who you are, it's what you do....it's the ANC way...

  • Judith - 2012-04-16 15:55

    They are milking people dry and many people will no longer be able to afford to go to work, so there will be more job losses

      Jason - 2012-04-16 21:25

      I saw on the news today the banks might be under pressure, esp nedbank. I don't think the government realises the working class is bleeding worse then it's ever been. High petrol prices, leading to higher food prices / electricity / water etc etc. There is no ways people living on the breadline will allow a system like this to deduct directly from there bank accounts. If you are forced to get a E-Tag by gunpoint, take the prepaid option.

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-16 17:21

    More threats ...the more they realise that this thing is probably not going to work, the more we are threatened. No tag, no pay, no matter what.

  • Trevor - 2012-04-16 17:52

    Iwonder whose pockets the R1.75 per km. is going to end up in???.

  • Zing - 2012-04-16 21:01

    This just makes me more angry everytime!

  • Johnathon - 2012-04-16 21:15

    Poor, Poor SANRAl. They have finally seen the light that no one is going to buy their criminal e-tag. They are now absolutely defeated, and have resorted to gross illegal intimidation to get the tax bleeding public to buy their e-tags. They fully realise : No e-tag : No guaranteed fantastic monthly income : Those without e-tags will never ever pay what they try to invoice. Gauteng motorists, the battle is all but WON. We must stick to our resolve : No E-TAGS : NEVER EVER PAY SANRAL’s TOLL INVOICE. They are running so scared, and are trying to legislate, and try every intimidation trick in the book, for people to sign the irrevocable debit order with them, as per the e-tag system. Just how convenient for them : Every time your e-tags bleeps, money immediately leaves your account and whooses into SANRALS account. They do not care a sh**t that you will have no money left for food, for the rest of the month. They can charge non e-tag holders R500 / km toll fees. Totally irrelevant SANRAL, as SA motorists will bring you and this rotten Government you are part of, to your knees. Use 47 billion you collect from fuel levies to maintain SA’s roads. Up yours eternally, SANRAL. Unfortunately the Government has gone one tax too far. The more they viciously threaten the SA Motorist, the more the motorist hates SANRAL, and the more determined they become to never ever pay one cent of their totally overtaxed, and hard earned money, to these evil bunch of thieves.

  • phillip.havenga - 2012-04-16 21:18

    Screw you ANC you bunch of corrupt money stealing bastards! You won't get a cent out of me.

  • Piet - 2012-04-16 21:32

    Listened to Nazir Ali on 702. This idiot tried to be funny in the interview and make light of the fact that we should embrace this wonderfull system. It is only the print medias fault that we are unhappy with them. Go and take a long F nazir!

  • sarah.bouttell - 2012-04-16 21:44

    Extortion. I don't negotiate with terrorists.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2012-04-17 00:50

    Remember we live in Africa it's wild and proud. ANC stop trying to be white it's making you look very weak and desperate. Witch doctors will haunt you

  • branden.hart - 2012-04-17 07:17

    And not ONE outcry on the news .. Me thinks we are being sold down the river COSATU ????

  • andrew.molyneaux - 2012-04-17 07:29

    How is this sytem going to deal with motorists who do not reside in Gauteng but make the occasional visit on business or a visit - also foreign registered cars - Bunch of bloody idiots this lot

  • Erik - 2012-04-17 08:25

    I am sorry.No one can force me to purchase anything.I wonder how many police/metro/government cars will be fitted with this system?Unless they are willing to provibe free medical aid and decline petrol price by at least R2 they are more than welcome to shove this up their a$$es!

      mulderspf - 2012-04-17 14:31

      Police and government vehicles are all exempted.

  • pvuuren - 2012-04-17 09:27

    my question is? how are they going to bill a non-payer???

      Anastasia - 2012-04-17 10:06

      I would think that the most likely route for them, would be to tack it onto our vehicle license fees (annual)?

      pvuuren - 2012-04-17 11:54

      so, if I can have a number plate of, lets say, a public transport-vehicle duplicated, i'm riding for free???????

      mulderspf - 2012-04-17 14:33

      There's a big debt collection system in the background that gets your details from e-Natis and sends you an invoice. If you don't pay then it eventually goes to court, if they can serve you a summons or if there's even court capacity.

  • Gavin - 2012-04-17 10:06

    Another "PROUDLY S.A." stuff up

  • arrow.wesley - 2012-04-18 13:14

    sanral need this money to repair the badly made roads. These upgraded roads they want to toll people to use are all falling apart. Build decent roads and stop stealing our hard earned money.

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