OUTA claims that Sanral’s number of 1,2 million e-tags ‘taken up’ is hogwash and intended to create the false impression that society is clamoring to become tagged. What does ‘taken up’ mean? “If they are inferring that these are fitted in cars making use of the Gauteng Freeways, this is misinformation,” says John Clarke the Spokesperson for OUTA.
“We are tired of these tit-for-tat claims and have exposed SANRAL’s deliberate misinformation about e-tag sales in the past,” says Clarke. “The real question is why does Sanral not allow an independent journalist or auditor to simply take a look at their computer screen, in their operations center, where this information is readily available? What we would like to know the exact percentage of e-tagged vehicles passing under the GFIP gantries (excluding the Bakwena concession), in total, by day and month to date for February. For all we know, Sanral’s numbers include tags sitting on shop shelves, storerooms and elsewhere, but they are of no use if not fitted to vehicles travelling on the Gauteng freeways.”
Clarke went on to say “It is time to get beyond immature disputes and for SANRAL to be absolutely transparent. While OUTA is opposed to this particular e-toll system, we are not the enemy. The question they should be asking is ‘why are so few people buying e-tags’ instead of disputing the evidence. One has only to read comments from readers on every online article that features e-tolling to see that Sanral have a major credibility problem.”