Sanral’s Nazir Alli has told the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport that it is up to the government to ensure motorists who do not pay their e-toll bills cannot renew their vehicle licence discs.
According to a statement by Outa, this fresh attempt by Sanral to enforce the guidelines of the new e-toll dispensation will have “serious consequences for the legitimacy of the state”.
Sanral addressed the portfolio committee on 15 October, during which time it said people must obey the laws of the country.
“Let us not forget that the Sanral Act makes it very clear that non-payment of e-tolls is an offence,” Alli was quoted as saying by the SABC.
Sanral asked the portfolio committee to sanction the withholding of vehicle licences in the case of outstanding e-toll bills.
Outa said if Sanral does manage to convince Parliament to approve the necessary regulatory changes which would result in licences being withheld over the non-payment of e-tolls, it would result in South Africa criminalizing “over a million of its own citizens”.