SA municipalities owe millions in e-toll bills

South African municipalities owe R2.4 million in e-toll bills, according to a report by IOL’s Pretoria News.

The report cited Transport Minister Dipuo Peters’ response to Parliamentary questions on Tuesday (14 July).

Shockingly, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, which forms the local government of the East Rand region of Gauteng, has no e-tagged vehicles, despite constant calls from Sanral for all e-toll road users be tagged.

  • Ekurhuleni Metro was the biggest offender, owing R1.8 million of the total, with no e-tagged vehicles
  • City of Tshwane owes R352,000, from 740 e-tagged vehicles
  • Emfuleni Local owes R128,000, with no e-tagged vehicles
  • Lesedi Local owes R111,000, from 27 e-tagged vehicles
  • Sedibeng District owes R4,000, from 47 e-tagged vehicles
  • Midvaal Local owes R3,400, from 110 e-tagged vehicles

According to Peters, all the municipalities will be able to get the 60% discount that is planned for e-toll violators.

The Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASA) recently ruled against Sanral for misleading the public with its 60% discount adverts.

The Sanral advertisement stated that the government had reduced the toll rate to “30 cents per kilometre for light motor vehicles and slashed the monthly cap by 50%”.

It added that “if you have outstanding e-toll fees dating back to December 2013, you will receive a 60% discount and 6 months to pay”.

The ASA agreed with a complaint that said that, as the 60% discount was not yet in effect, consumers would be misled into paying more than they believed they were liable for.

You can find the full report in the Pretoria News for 15 July 2015.

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SA municipalities owe millions in e-toll bills