E-toll road users “unfairly bullied” into paying: DA

Gauteng motorists can submit e-toll complaints to the DA which will pass them on to the National Consumer Commission, the party said on Thursday.

“It has become very clear over the past couple of weeks that the e-toll billing system is not working,” said Democratic Alliance Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane.

“In fact, residents of this province are being unfairly bullied into paying their bills.”

In a speech prepared for delivery in Soshanguve, he said motorists with complaints about the collection of e-tolls could e-mail [email protected] or post a picture of the sms or bill they had received on Twitter @DA_News, using the hashtag #No2etolls.

“Mounting evidence suggests that many of these bills are incorrect or are sent without due process or prior invoicing,” Maimane said.

He told residents they would go through at least 14 gantries on a return trip between Soshanguve and Johannesburg, at a cost of almost R38.

“I have a plan to fight e-tolling both now and if elected premier of Gauteng.”

Maimane has previously vowed to hold a referendum on e-tolling if he is elected as premier.

The DA has launched court action challenging the classification of the bill governing the roll out of e-tolling.

On September 25, President Jacob Zuma signed into law the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, giving the go-ahead for e-tolling in Gauteng.

The DA believed the Bill was incorrectly passed by Parliament and signed into law by Zuma.

It contended that the Constitution made a distinction between bills that had an impact on national government and those which affected provincial government. The party maintains that the bill was incorrectly tagged as a national competency.

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E-toll road users “unfairly bullied” into paying: DA