Outa twist in e-toll dispute with Sanral
THE Automobile Association (AA) notes with concern the latest public exchanges between the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral), and the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa), on issues relating to e-tolls in Gauteng.
The dispute raised in the public domain over the past week by the two organisations relates to legal discussions between them on the summonses issued to e-toll defaulters.
According to Outa, an agreement was reached that current, and future, Outa members — who have outstanding e-toll accounts — will not be pursued until a test case to determine the legality of e-tolls on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) is concluded.
Sanral, in turn, denied that an agreement has been reached, claiming that Outa is using this as a means of attracting (paid-for) membership.
Neither Outa nor Sanral have mentioned the position of non-Outa members, especially those who are not paying their e-tolls accounts, and how they should proceed if they are summonsed by the roads agency.
“Whatever the situation may be, this current round of debate in the media between the two parties is not bringing any clarity to Gauteng road users on how they must proceed in relation to e-tolls.
“Many road users still do not pay for e-tolls, and are anxious for a final legal ruling. In light of this, we urge both Sanral and Outa to consider that this is not benefitting anyone,” the AA said.
The AA said it is of particular concern that Outa claims that an agreement has been reached in relation to its current and future members.
“If it is true that an arrangement has been made (only for current and future Outa members), this amounts to protection for a specific group of individuals, which is wholly unfair and, we would argue, may be unconstitutional.”
The association said it is dismayed at what seems to be endless delays in bringing this matter to finality, as the situation does not benefit the motorists using the e-tolls.
Sanral and Outa have locked horns over issues relating Gauteng e-tolls.