MPs must look beyond Sanral input – Outa

2014-02-18 11:10

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has urged Parliament’s transport portfolio committee to look beyond Sanral’s input.

“Sanral speaks like a soccer coach whose team has lost 2-0 with an own goal having been scored and finds something positive in the fact that each team scored a goal,” Outa spokesperson John Clarke said today.

“Even more comical is Sanral’s claim that the number of complaints are a mere 0.3% of total road users.”

This was despite hundreds of thousands of road users not complying with the e-tolling system in Gauteng.

The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is expected to brief the committee on e-tolling today.

For e-tolling to be regarded as a success by international standards, Sanral needs to achieve compliance levels closer to 90% with low administration costs, Clarke said.

Outa was finalising a research paper which examined the implications of a recent study by University of Pretoria academics Marlene Holmner and Erin Hommes. The paper will spell out the reasons for the e-tolling project having a high potential for failure, he said.

“Outa urges MPs to insist that Sanral fully explain why, nine weeks after a potentially serious breach of the road agency’s online systems, Sanral has not yet established how many user accounts were compromised and why it has neither notified compromised account holders of the crime nor notified its user base that their personal data may be in the hands of cyber criminals,” said Clarke.

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