Could demerit system force drivers to pay e-tolls?

By Doug Mattushek - 19 August 2019Views : 961

The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Amendment Act could be used to end the current impasse between motorists and e-tolls.

The Citizen reports that the new act, which introduces a demerit system and makes it an offence to ignore traffic signs, could be used to make Gauteng motorists pay for e-tolls.

Long-time detractor of the e-toll system, the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), is concerned that by listing the e-toll charges on traffic signs, it would make motorists legally bound to pay.

As such, OUTA is challenging the constitutionality of the new act.

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The non-profit civil rights group added that it estimates that the system is running at around 20% compliance and has little chance of improving.

"We now have five years of empirical evidence that the Gauteng e-toll scheme is far from being fit for purpose and the delay in government's decision to pull the plug is costing South Africa unnecessary expense," said OUTA CEO Wayne Duvenage.

Meanwhile, President Cyril Ramaphosa's established task team, lead by transport minister Fikile Mbalula, has to report back to Ramaphosa by the end of August with options regarding e-tolls.