Only 35% paying e-toll bills

FILE PICTURE: An e-toll gantry. Picture: Alaister Russell

FILE PICTURE: An e-toll gantry. Picture: Alaister Russell

There is serious doubt that the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) will ever get full compliance for its roundly detested e-tolling system, with only 35% of motorists paying their bills.

In answer to questions, Sanral revealed this number to be established since the end of February this year.

However, its chief financial officer, Inge Mulder, said “this changes on a weekly basis.”

She did not divulge how much of the half-a-billion debt, through non-payment of e-tolls, was paid back since Transport Minister Dipuo Peters presented this figure to Parliament’s portfolio committee on transport last month. An invoiced amount of R543 544 574 was transferred to Sanral’s Violations Processing Centre, with only 9.21% of transactions being recovered.

Mulder only stated in her reply that Sanral was currently in approximately R41 billion in debt through its total toll portfolio of 1 832km.

Peters’ revelation was then quashed by Mulder who stated that “the minister was misunderstood and interpreted to mean that road users were owing the roads agency half-a-billion rands”.

“The fact is this figure was referring to the amount that was outstanding when taking into account the number of people who had not paid within the seven days grace period.

“However, it must be noted that not all people pay within the grace period and on the evidence of revenues we have received to date, we are confident we will recoup the amount of money owed to Sanral.”

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance chairperson Wayne Duvenage felt otherwise, indicating that severe problems were being experienced by Sanral.

E-tolling was without doubt performing well below the entity’s initial plans and cash flows, he added.

Sanral has previously indicated that it would use the courts to prosecute non-compliant motorists.
This would occur after it sent final notices, which Mulder said would be issued “soon”.


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