OUTA applauds SANTACO's call for e-toll boycott

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) applauds SANTACO (the South African National Taxi Council) on their call to boycott the e-toll system.

14/04/2014 11:50:20

OUTA applauds SANTACO's call for e-toll boycott

Clearly evident is their frustration to receive their e-tags to grant them the promised free passage on the highways. This is just another of many examples pointing to the onerous administration conditions of e-tolling, which adds to the unworkability of this irrational plan.

"There is simply far too much burden in the cumbersome e-toll system which adds to the high costs of administration, making it more irrational than initially envisaged," says Wayne Duvenage, OUTA's chairperson. "SANTACO's call for a boycott of e-tolls last week is the most logical approach for them to take. They would be joining the ranks of well over a million other freeway users who have not purchased e-tags and who have ignored SANRAL's ill-conceived plan"

OUTA's research has proved that e-tolling in this relatively high non-compliant environment, combined with the appalling manner in which SANRAL have gone about their plan, makes a mockery of the user pays principle. In addition, by lowering their sights to a 60% compliance target (which they will be hard pressed to achieve), SANRAL has effectively acknowledged that not all users will pay, a situation they appear to be content with. "Our projections reveal that more users will remain untagged than tagged and that is a formula for disaster for e-tolls," says John Clarke, OUTA's spokesperson.

OUTA is a proudly South African civil action organisation, that is purely crowd funded. Our work is supported by ordinary citizens who are passionate about holding government accountable and ensuring our taxes are used to the benefit of all South Africans.