Outa has laughed off claims by Sanral that e-toll payments are increasing, saying that what little money is coming in is missing the agency’s targets in a big way.
According to a statement by Sanral on Monday (3 August), the roads agency said that more road users were starting to pay e-tolls, reporting R76 million in payments for May, and R78 million in June.
This was higher than the preceding seven months of collection, Sanral said.
However, Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) issued a statement of its own, calling the agency’s angle on the numbers “a farce”.
“When comparing revenue growth and business performance, it is important to equate this to the same period last year, as well as to one’s original targets,” Outa said.
Year-on-year, the figures were actually 35% down, and were still 70% off Sanral’s original monthly targets of R260 million.
Monetary data from Sanral in April 2015 shows that e-toll revenue collection has been in steady decline from the high of R120 million recorded in June 2014.
The numbers have been climbing since the start of the year, but put against the group’s initial projections, it shows a massive gap in collection.
“The fact that June 2015 revenues are literally the same as May’s after the new dispensation, is an indication that there has been no take-up of Government’s new offers and that clearly, the public are not being fooled by the so-called discounts and continue to defy the unjust scheme,” said Outa chairman, Wayne Duvenage.