OUTA was established in February 2012, as a result of numerous calls for support to challenge and oppose the electronic tolling system (known as SANRAL e-Tolls,) on Gauteng’s freeways.
Subsequently, a group of concerned business associations* formed a committee (now known as OUTA today,) to formulate a coordinated strategy to oppose this new e-Toll system. After consulting with an expert legal team, the strategic lawful challenge was to interdict the launch of the scheme planned for 31 April 2012.
OUTA’s intredict was successful and the next 18 months saw a review case unfold into a situation, whereby, on 9th October, 2013, the Supreme Court of Appeal (SCA) set aside OUTA’s legal review challenge, due to a technical ruling on the time it took to bring the matter to court. OUTA had one of two choices to make:
- To pack up and abandon its cause, or
- To continue with the challenge
The committee opted to continue with the challenge in the strong belief that for a number of reasons, the Gauteng Freeway e-Toll plan was a significant injustice to the road users of Gauteng and to South Africa as a whole. Our committee chose to ensure its strategic approach and efforts expose the unlawfulness of e-Tolling in the courts, if and when the public are summonsed by the government for non-payment of e-Tolls.
* Business associations (also known as OUTA founding business associations)
- SAVRALA (SA Vehicle Renting and Leasing Association)
- QASA (QuadPara Association of SA)
- SANCU (SA National Consumer Union)
- RMI (Retail Motor Industries)
- SATSA (SA Travel Services Association)
- AASA (Automobile Association of SA)