OUTA Criticises SANRAL Over Payments

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says they are disappointed by the South African National Roads Agency’s (SANRAL) decision to prosecute motorists for not paying their e-toll accounts.

OUTA spokesperson, Wayne Duvenage, is accusing SANRAL for trying to intimidate people into complying by threatening them with prosecution.

Duvenage’s comments follow the confirmation by the National Prosecuting Authority of the appointment of two prosecutors tasked with exploring whether motorists are breaking the law by not paying their e-toll bills.

Makhura’s e-Toll Promise: But Will Business Take Up the Baton?

When reading Gauteng Premier, David Makhura’s State of the Province Address, one becomes enthusiastically delighted by the many references and acknowledgement for a more inclusionary and participative government, one that seeks to involve the people and business they set out to improving the prosperity, efficiency and upliftment of society.

Tax Money Should Stay in the Country - OUTA

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says government's plan to slash the perks of officials is welcome, but more needs to be done to ensure tax money stays in the country.
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, states that what was shocking to the alliance is that e-tolls, paid for by local motorists will enrich a foreign company with more than R13 billion over the next 20 years.

Court Dismisses e-Tolls Appeal

An appeal by Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) and its partners to stop tolling on Gauteng's major highways was dismissed by the Supreme Court of Appeal.

The court states that despite everything that was done, the review application was brought five years after the toll roads were already declared.

"In those five years, things have happened that cannot be undone," explains Judge Fritz Brand.

e-Tolls Will Affect Disabled People

The Quadpara Association of South Africa (QASA), the latest organisation to reiterate its opposition against e-tolls, says the implementation of the Gauteng freeway improvement project will negatively affect wheelchair bound and blind people.
The organisation further argues that most disabled people rely solely on the goodwill of those who offer them transport.

Motorists Not in Support of e-Tolls - OUTA

The Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says most of Gauteng motorists are not in support of e-tolling on the province's highways.
Outa spokesperson, Wayne Duvenage, states that citizens are not flocking to buy e-tags and people are rejecting the system for the travesty it has become.
Duvenage further states that “short polls that have been taken by TV and radio indicate that 90 percent of the people do not support the e-toll system”

OUTA’s Last e-Toll Challenge

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) will make its last attempt today to legally challenge e-tolling.

The civil action group is taking on the South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) and the government, over the implementation of e-tolling in South Africa’s major economic hub, Gauteng.

e-Tolls Enforcement Will Fail - NGO

The Justice Project South Africa says the enforcement of e-tolling in Gauteng is doomed to fail because the Electronic National Traffic Information System (eNATIS) is a mess.

The Justice Project South Africa national chairperson, Howard Dembovsky, says the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act should be addressed as a matter of urgency.

“We do not endorse the precept that (the Act) should be scrapped because it ‘robs’ provincial and local authorities of their revenue streams, which it will additionally not do if it was properly applied,” he explains.

OUTA Aligned to the DA - SANRAL

The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) says that the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has confirmed ‘suspicion’ that it has aligned itself to the Democratic Alliance (DA).

SANRAL spokesperson, Vusi Mona, points out that, “Road users are not interested in the politics but the facts, which we have continuously provided.”

Mona reacting to a statement OUTA in which its chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, said that SANRAL’s move to ‘enter the political fray’ in the e-toll debacle was a seriously worrying factor.

OUTA Questions SANRAL for Entering Political Frey

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has noted with suspicion the press statement of 21 August 2013, where South African National Roads Agency’s (SANRAL) spokesperson, Vusi Mona, attacks the Democratic Alliance (DA) use of e-Tolls for political gain. Mona is reported to have said the following: "The DA is using e-tolling as an electioneering strategy and is continuously misrepresenting the facts to win votes in next year's elections and SANRAL is not going to entertain politics."


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