Motorists are concerned over a draft regulation that could see defaulting e-toll road users being fined R500 when they pass under a gantry. The public has only one month left to weigh in on the draft law. Cosatu (Congress of South African Trade Unions) and OUTA (Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse) have been vocal about their opposition to e-tolling in the Gauteng province and have warned motorists not to take the new proposal lying down.
Should the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (Aarto) regulations go ahead, motorists could face a fine of R500 each time they pass under a gantry, while also having to pay a R100 levy for each traffic fine.
Cosatu’s spokesperson Sizwe Palma said: “We are tired of this and we are not going to tolerate the situation where the people of Gauteng are being bullied.” The plan to squeeze motorists for failing to settle e-tolls debt is of great concern according to Palma. He urged citizens to the right thing and oppose the proposal.
“With the local government elections coming, we have reached the point where we encourage the people of Gauteng to actually vote not against their own interests, but look after themselves,” he said. Should the draft regulation succeed, it will be implemented from the 1st of July. Outa is expected to challenge the constitutionality of the proposal.