Sanral to crack down on e-toll defaulters

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FIle: E-tolls have been in place for nearly 18 months now, but the system has been a financial failure.

JOHANNESBURG – The South African National Road agency Limited (Sanral) announced today that it will officially send out summonses to motorists who refuse to settle their e-toll debt over the “next few days”.

Sanral say the first set of civil summonses to individuals is being delivered by sheriffs in different jurisdictions in Gauteng.

The decision to issue summonses comes at the end of an extensive period of communications between Sanral and vehicle owners who neglected to pay outstanding debts – it is a natural conclusion to the process.

“The summonses will also include higher value summonses of mostly companies. Due to the amount owed in these cases, the summons has to be managed by the High Court,” says Alex van Niekerk, Project Manager for the GFIP.

According to the road agency, since the introduction of the 60% discount of e-toll debt in November 2015, Sanral have made it clear that it will also introduce a process of debt collection against serial defaulters.

“Sanral has a responsibility towards the country and the thousands of compliant vehicle owners who regularly pay their e-toll accounts to recover the outstanding debt from defaulters,” says Van Niekerk.

“We have an obligation to act. The global ratings agencies and the investment community are also looking towards Sanral and expect from us to demonstrate our commitment to financial responsibility and high standards of corporate governance.

A civil summons must not be confused with criminal proceedings.  It is similar to not paying any commercial accounts and should not be confused with a criminal case. 
 

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