Contrary to recent reports that vehicle license discs can be withheld for unpaid e-toll bills – following the release of Gazette 38997 – as it turns out, paragraph 2 of the gazette made an erroneous reference to an e-Road regulation that had not as yet been published for comment.
“We find it rather absurd that once again, SANRAL and the Department of Transport cannot get their act together, when trying to amend legislation to force the unjust e-toll scheme into being,” says Wayne Duvenage, Chairperson of the Opposition Tolling Alliance (OUTA).
Some four years have passed since the first planned launch of the e-toll scheme in April 2011, and still to this day, the comedy of errors and problems abound, all of which indicate how problematic, irrational and unworkable the entire plan has become.
For now, we are pleased the Gazette will have to be amended (a correction Gazette still will shortly be lodged by the Department of Transport), which means that there is currently no link between outstanding e-toll bills and the renewal of vehicle licenses. However, as and when the authorities do attempt to regulate e-toll payments through the renewal of vehicle license discs or any other methodology, OUTA will challenge these irrational decisions and provide motorists with advice and input on how to deal with this strategy by Government.