Sanral has announced that road users “who have persistently refused to settle their e-toll debt” may receive civil summonses over the next few days.
The South African National Roads Agency announced that the first set of civil summonses to individuals is being delivered by sheriffs in different jurisdictions in Gauteng.
“The summonses will also include higher value summonses of mostly companies. Due to the amount owed in these cases, the summons has to be managed by the High Court,” said Alex van Niekerk, Project Manager for the GFIP.
“The decision to issue summonses comes at the end of an extensive period of communications between Sanral and vehicle owners who neglected to pay outstanding debts – it is a natural conclusion to the process,” Sanral said.
“Since the introduction of the 60% discount of e-toll debt in November 2015 Sanral has made it quite clear that it will also introduce a process of debt collection against serial defaulters.”
Sanral highlighted that a civil summons must not be confused with criminal proceedings. It said its summonses are similar to when you have not paid any other commercial accounts.