Sanral denies e-toll roadblocks

2012-01-27 14:19

The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has refuted claims

that its staff are stopping people randomly in Johannesburg and Pretoria,

forcing them to register for the e-toll system.

“Sanral would like to unequivocally state that no staff from either

Sanral or its toll operator have conducted any roadblocks as described in the

emails and social network postings that allege this,” the agency said in a

statement.

The alleged roadblocks were first reported on Twitter on Sunday of

January 22.

The transport department’s body said its investigations during the

course of this week suggested that the original Twitter incident possibly

originated from a road user who saw e-toll workers conducting a road-marking

operation, and interpreted that as some form of e-toll roadblock.

Although traffic cones and a vehicle were present, it was part of a

road-marking operation and not for forcing people to register.

Similar road-marking operations are taking place at various

interchanges in Gauteng.

“Sanral reiterates that the agency and ETC (electronic toll

collection) are not currently authorised to conduct roadblocks.

“As indicated, Sanral urges road users to take down detailed

descriptions of the persons and vehicles involved should they be ‘stopped and

required to register’.”

-Fin24


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