South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) faces a massive battle to get more Gauteng road users to pay for e-tolls as the latest figures show that the company has millions of outstanding accounts.
E-toll collection has been a massive headache for Sanral, which has consistently missed collection targets over the past few years. The roads agency started issuing legal letters to road users who were not paying, in February.
Outstanding e-toll debt is now estimated at around R8 billion – and climbing.
According to a report by Moneyweb, currently more than 2.9 million e-toll accounts are in arrears. That is more than double the 1.4 million accounts with an e-tag, 1.3 million of which are in good standing, Moneyweb said, citing Sanral.
Of the 2.9 million accounts in arrears 41% owe less than R500 each, Sanral said.
The road agency said it has already issued more than 6,000 summonses to non-paying motorists, with that number expected to increase.
And Sanral may also face another headache in that Democratic Alliance says it will “ramp-up the fight against e-tolls” in Johannesburg, Ekhurhuleni and Tshwane if it given the opportunity to govern in those areas.