Nobody will pay e-tolls: DA

Only 12.19% of all fines issued under the Department of Transport’s Gauteng-pilot of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Offences (Aarto) Act have been collected since 2008.

This is according to a DA parliamentary question reply, DA Shadow Minister of Transport Ian Ollis wrote in a statement today (6 August 2013).

Ollis said that the Aarto Act governs how municipal authorities adjudicate and collect traffic fines, and will also govern the manner in which the e-toll concessionaire collects unpaid tolls from motorists.

“If only 12.19% of fines issued since 2008 have been collected, there is simply no way that the collection of unpaid e-toll payments will be any different,” Ollis said. “Enforcing compliance will be impossible.”

According to Ollis, the impossibility of enforcing compliance with e-tolling is, in itself, enough reason to stop the implementation of e-tolls in Gauteng.

Ollis listed the following reasons E-toll should be scrapped:

  • The failure of e-tolling in Portugal;
  • Two independent studies, from the Southern African Bitumen Association (Sabita) and the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA), shows that the fuel levy provides enough funding for the construction and maintenance of our roads and that there is no need for the wholesale construction of toll roads;
  • The DA-led City of Cape Town’s successful interdict preventing Sanral from tolling Western Cape highways; and now,
  • The impossibility of enforcing compliance.

“When will Sanral and the Department of Transport wake up, smell the roses, and scrap their e-tolling plans?” Ollis wrote.

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