In a statement released today (23 April 2012), SASBO general secretary, Shaun Oelschig encouraged union staff to forego the e-tags, and encouraged its 70,000 members to do the same.
“This is in protest against the introduction of e-tolling and the requirement to buy e-tags as a result of the effect it will have on inflation, job losses and the broader economy,” he said.
Oelschig stated alarm at the infringement of civil rights, such as the “irrevocable authority given to SANRAL to obtain access to any information from any institution where the road user may have an account, and the blanket consent given to these institutions to disclose information to SANRAL”.
“Of further concern are issues like the appointment of peace officers before proper enforcement measures have been implemented,” he continued.
“The process is defective, unregulated and unfair. Too many questions remain unanswered, too much disinformation and confusion exists for implementation on 30 April 2012”, concluded Oelschig.