E-tolls cost dealerships R200 million: report

The controversial e-tolling system is costing car dealerships as much as R231-million annually in addition costs, according to a Times report.

The figure was presented as part of the National Automobile Dealers Association’s (Nada) presentation to the e-toll advisory panel investigating the effects of the e-toll system in Gauteng.

According to Nada’s director, Gary McCraw, the e-tolling system has forced dealerships to hire additional people to manage e-toll verification and payment process, which was necessary because the e-toll systems are inefficient.

The Times quoted McCraw detailing employment costs to dealerships of between R25,000 to R30,000 per month additionally, or between R132 – and R231-million a year.

Inadequate information on the eNatis system, bribery and corruption in the licencing department, and time-delays between systems was highlighted as stumbling blocks for effective e-tolling operations.

The e-toll panel, set up by Gauteng premier David Makhura, has thus far heard presentations from many concerned oragnisations speaking about the wider impact of the controversial system.

Most presentations have spoken out against the system, including those from JPSA, Outa, Fedusa, Busa, and Nactu.

The groups have been calling for a fuel levy to be implemented as an alternative funding mechanism.

Consulting Engineers SA (Cesa) spoke out in support of the system, while Sanral said it would not present to the panel, as the matter had already been decided in relevant structures.

The panel is expected to present its findings to Makhura at the end of November.

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E-tolls cost dealerships R200 million: report