Sanral has no authority to enforce e-toll laws

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Motor vehicles driving through the new e-toll tolling system in Johannesburg, Gauteng.

JOHANNESBURG - South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has denied stopping vehicles to enforce e-toll laws.

“No roadblocks have been set-up to look at e-toll fines,” the organisation said last week.

Furthermore, Sanral explained that their personnel are civilians who have no authority to stop any vehicle to enforce e-toll laws.

The roads agency has a working agreement working the Gauteng Department of Community Safety (GDCS), which enables it to use e-toll vehicles (fitted with highly technical equipment) to identify registered e-toll users from those who are not.

“This is the only reason why e-toll branded vehicles are seen at some road-blocks,” Sanral said in a statement to eNCA on Wednesday.

The agreement between GDCS and Sanral “is an example [of] inter-governmental cooperation” the statement said.

When asked about the amount owed to Sanral in outstanding e-tolls, the roads agency said: "... (the amount) is currently being audited [and] we are not able to disclose any figures with regard to revenue.”

The agency would only be in position to reveal audit figures once an annual report was tabled in Parliament, but, according to them, the revenue collection is on target.

Sanral refused to comment on the alleged appointment of two NPA senior advocates believed to be mandated to prosecute traffic offenders who contravene Sanral clauses. Further questions in this regard were directed to National Prosecuting spokesman Nathi Mncube.

Mncube told eNCA.com on Wednesday that the NPA had not taken a decision to prosecute anyone. “We have assigned the two prosecutors only to look into what Sanral considers a criminal offence. But, a final decision to prosecute anyone has not been taken.” 

Mncube also revealed the NPA and Sanral have been conversing over a period about the matter but no final decision has been taken yet.

 

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