Fleet firms claim prejudicial treatment by Sanral for e-tag boycott

2013-12-30 15:43

Several businesspeople have reported extremely prejudicial treatment for not contracting to fit e-tags, according to the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa).

It said in a statement today it had received numerous messages from business operators with vehicle fleets who have opted not to contract e-tags with the Electronic Tolling Company (ETC) which runs the multibillion-rand e-tolls project in Gauteng.

Said Outa: “Many of these businesses are smaller to medium in size and are communicating collectively through local business associations, forming agreement pacts among themselves to defy the system.”

It said that the business operators’ compliance with VAT regulations necessitates the issue of tax invoices for VAT computations.

“But the ETC’s Violations Processing Centre is not obliging and insists that fleet operators can only obtain such documentation if they contract to buy e-tags.”

Earlier in December, Outa accused the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) of fabricating the number of e-tags sold when it said nearly 900 000 e-tags had been issued to motorists in Gauteng.

However, Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona dismissed the claim.

“As a state-owned entity, everything we do is subject to audit processes by the auditor-general and our external auditors,” he told Fin24 at the time.

Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage challenged Sanral to make its information available.

“Where is the transparency, and what do they have to lose if they grant this request?” he asked Fin24 at the time.

“They are a state-owned entity using taxpayers’ money to issue information which we have the right to know,” he said.

In October, Fin24 reported that ETC CEO Salahdin Yacoubi surprisingly quit his job. James Surkont then took over.

ETC is a single-purpose company established in late 2009 to deliver the services contracted by Sanral to a joint venture of companies.

The joint venture consists of South African black empowerment company Traffic Management Technologies and Austrian e-tolling company Kapsch TrafficCom.

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