Government Is Plotting To Start Fining Motorists Who Boycott The E-toll System


You can regard this as the end of year special treat, the amendment draft of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) regulations, from all indication, is set to empower the government to fine motorists who are abstaining from the e-toll system. The amendment added failure to “comply with the directions conveyed by a road traffic sign by using a toll road without paying the toll charge” as an infringement.

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With that, a fine of R500 was stipulated for motorists who use a toll road without paying for it, with a discount of R250 mapped out for those who pay the fine within the admission of guilt period. Also, a fine of R250 and R125 for discount were stipulated for vehicles that do not require a road-worthy certificate. Albeit, the infringement is classified as minor and will not amount to any demerit points being added to the license.

Reacting to this development, Wayne Duvenage chairman of the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) hinted via a publication that the amendment is a veiled attempt at introducing fines for e-tool non-payers. “It is not surprising this took place over the holiday period,” he said.

The draft amendment as published in the Government Gazette earlier this month did not only remove the demerit point from the fines for not paying tolls, it introduced a new form for the infringement notice process. According to Duvenage, “it is designed to include multiple infringement entries being included onto a single page, seemingly to assist Sanral (SA National Roads Agency) in trying to treat the non-payment of e-tolls as a traffic violation.”

As such, “the entire infringement notification process becomes impractical and almost un-administrable,” he added as he emphasized that “this new form is flawed in that it does not provide proof that the driver’s vehicle was at the scene of the incident noted, as there is no photograph provided for each and every infringement listed.”

“There is also an absence of a unique reference number or magisterial district listed per incident, which is required for dispute resolution purposes,” Devenage stated. Thus, he urged the public to participate in responding to the gazette, and remarked that “the amendments are impractical and infringe on the motoring public’s rights to defend themselves from an unworkable processes, if the proposed amendments to the regulations are approved.”

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