Sanral has denied reports that it, in conjunction with the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) are stopping motorists to check whether they are e-tagged.
“We categorically deny that there is any partnership with the JMPD on this. No vehicles on any road are being checked to see whether they are e-tag registered. The JPMD has in the past distanced itself from this and so did we,” Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said.
The roads agency stressed that acquiring an e-tag is optional and no road user should be stopped for having no e-tag.
“Getting e-tagged makes it possible for the road user to get a 48% discount and to have their monthly bill capped, among other benefits, but is not compulsory,” Mona said.
The statement comes following some road users calling into radio stations, claiming that the JMPD on city roads stopped them over the weekend and checked whether they have e-tags.
“There could be people who are doing this illegally in our name, or it is one of those urban legends now gaining a life of its own,” Mona said.
Mona urged any road user who has been stopped purportedly to check if they have an e-tag to contact Sanral, adding that if anyone posing as a JPMD officer has stopped any motorist, such a road user must contact the JPMD.