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6 May 2016
10:52 am

E-toll discount extension ‘predictable’

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The public largely rejected Sanral’s 60% discount offer, which is why it wasn’t surprising that Sanral was forced to extend the period.

Wayne Duvenhage speaks at a press conference, 14 April 2016, to provide feedback on SANRAL’s allegations and challenge to OUTA’s Position Paper, related to the high construction costs of the Gauteng Freeway Upgrade. Picture: Moneyweb

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) on Friday said the extension of the e-toll 60% discount offer was “predictable and expected”.

On Thursday the Minister of Transport Dipuo Peters granted an additional 10 working days extension for road users to take advantage of the e-toll 60% discount on the historic debt, from Friday, May 6, 2016, until Tuesday, May 17, 2016.

This followed the previous deadline that was given to motorists to pay their e-toll debts by May 2.

Commenting on the discount extension, OUTA chairperson Wayne Duvenage said: “We are moved by the incredible support we have received and the fact that the majority of motorists still continue to defy the scheme.”

He said OUTA’s membership has continued growing by several thousands over the last few weeks.

“We are encouraged by the amount of organisations and citizens outside our membership base who are choosing to defend themselves against the summons,” said Duvenage.

He said that the public largely rejecting Sanral’s 60% discount offer, which is why it was not surprising that Sanral was forced to extend the period by another 10 days in an attempt to claw back a bit more of the R5.9 billion discounted e-toll debt.

“Sanral’s recent legal summonsing of a few handpicked e-toll defaulters, is an attempt to spook the public into taking advantage of the dispensation deadline extension, while in reality, the scheme has been shunned and the uptake has been far too low to convert the scheme to a sustainable one,” said Duvenage.

“All research and evidence has shown the public are defying the system as a matter of principal and not only for financial reasons.”

Duvenage said unless Sanral displayed “transparency and a discontinuation of incessant misleading information” the public had every reason to “disbelieve and distrust” the state owned entity.

“OUTA fully supports those who stand up for their rights, whilst maintaining the stance that e-Tolls were introduced unlawfully and will offer full legal defense of its members who are summonsed for the non-payment of e-Tolls.”

– African News Agency (ANA)