The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) said that the e-Toll scheme’s compliance is less than 20%, and should be cancelled.
This statement follows comments from ANC Secretary General Gwede Mantashe that e-Tolls will be revisited.
“This will not be the first time that the ANC will be revisiting and pontificating on the irrational e-Toll scheme, since the public uproar began in early 2010,” said OUTA’s Wayne Duvenage.
“We met with Mantashe and many other officials soon after OUTA interdicted the launch of the scheme in 2012, and pointed out numerous issues that would eventually bring the scheme to its knees.”
“Now that the scheme’s compliance is less than 20% and virtually unenforceable, with debt mounting to over R8 billion, it’s time to stop the rhetoric of revisiting and make the only decision possible – cancel the scheme.”
Today, the bulk of the 20% paying are corporate fleets and rental companies, who have no appetite to cross swords with the government and merely pass the costs on to their customers, said OUTA.
“If the corporate entities exercised moral courage as the general public have done, the few million Rand trickling to the companies connected to the e-Toll scheme would dry up, and the ANC led e-Toll decision would be easier to make.”