E-toll debt summons to be issued to motorists

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Photo: Stock Image.

Motorists who have not settled their e-toll debt may receive civil summons over the next few days, the SA National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) said.

SANRAL announced on Monday, that the first set of summonses were being delivered by sheriffs in different jurisdictions in the province.

“The high value summonses, mostly to companies, have to be managed by the high court,” said Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) project manager Alex van Niekerk.

He said the summonses were a response to vehicle owners neglecting to pay their debt.

“It is a natural conclusion to the process,” he said.

Sanral introduced a 60% discount in November last year, in an attempt to collect the debt.

“Sanral has a responsibility towards the country and the thousands of compliant vehicle owners who regularly pay their e-toll accounts to recover the debt from defaulters,” he said.

“The global ratings and the investment community are also looking towards Sanral and expect from it to demonstrate its commitment to financial responsibility and high standards of corporate governance.”

Meanwhile, the DA accused Gauteng premier David Makhura of disregarding motorists’ cries to alleviate the heavy burden of e-tolls.

“With residents being threatened with legal action because they simply refuse to be subjected to an unjust and unaffordable burden, where is Makhura? Did Makhura really listen to the people’s cries? Or was this a simple and hollow electioneering gimmick – because he knew his hands were already tied?” asked DA Gauteng leader John Moodey.

Moodey urged all Gauteng residents to join forces with Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), a non-profit organisation campaigning against the e-tolls.

Van Niekerk said a civil summons should not be confused with criminal proceedings.

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