Outa: ‘Low uptake’ has led to extension of e-toll debt discount

PAY AS YOU DRIVE: An e-toll gantry on the N1 highway in Joburg. The disputed system is expected to come into operation next month in a cheaper form to motorists Photo: HALDEN KROG
PAY AS YOU DRIVE: An e-toll gantry on the N1 highway in Joburg. The disputed system is expected to come into operation next month in a cheaper form to motorists Photo: HALDEN KROG

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) on Friday said the 10-day extension of a 60% discount offer on outstanding e-toll debt was to be expected.

The civil society group said the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral) “recent legal summonsing of a few handpicked e-toll defaulters” – which it described as “is an attempt to spook the public” – appeared to have failed.

“The uptake has been far too low to convert the scheme to a sustainable one‚” Outa said in a statement‚ adding that Sanral “has been forced to extend the period…in an attempt to claw back a bit more of the R5.9-billion…debt”.

Outa‚ however‚ reported its own uptake and claimed its “membership has continued growing by several thousands over the last few weeks and we are encouraged by the amount of organisations and citizens outside our membership base who are choosing to defend themselves against the summons”.

 

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