Known for their fierceness against corruption and the controversial e-tolls, The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) issued a statement against Sanral commenting on their plans to put a stop to non payers.
On Tuesday, 16 October, Sanral CEO Skhumbuzo Macozoma gave his proposals to the Parliamentary Committee on Transport on punitive methods towards e-toll offenders.
Sanral’s 3 methods proposed to Parliament on collecting outstanding monies:
Withhold those who do not pay for e-tolls from obtaining a vehicle license
Sanral’s CEO told Parliament on Tuesday that he believes punishing motorists with the inability to obtain a vehicle license will get them to pay their e-toll accounts.
OUTA labeled Sanral’s idea as “ludicrous and illegal”, and vowed to take legal action against the department if their proposal made it through Parliament.
Halt motorists from selling their cars or buying insurance policies
Skhumbuzo Macozoma, Sanral CEO told Parliament that Sanral is considering putting a block on an offender’s ability to sell their motor, or even buy themselves an insurance policy.
OUTA CEO Wayne Duvenage says his organisation will challenge the idea legally if Parly was to implement it.
“This will be virtually impossible to introduce and OUTA will challenge this legally as well as wage a consumer movement to boycott insurance companies who seek to introduce such ludicrous practices and policies into their contracts with motorists.”
Seek the assistance of SARS agents to trace down and recover e-toll debt
Sanral suggested that it would also consider approaching the South African Revenue Services (SARS) to assist them in tracing debt.
This idea was not welcomed by OUTA, who suggested that the idea was the most far-fetched of the lot.
OUTA’s message to consumers and businesses who do pay e-tolls
“OUTA now calls on the last remaining people and businesses who make up the 25% of Gauteng Freeway users who continue to keep the e-toll system on life support to stop paying.”
“The handful of companies who appear to be afraid to cross swords with Government are the main reason that the e-toll scheme continues to limp along, with approximately R60 million income per month that is barely managing to cover the collection process.”