Western Cape farmer gets e-toll invoice for tractor

2014-02-20 13:07

A farmer and his wife from Citrusdal in the Western Cape were surprised to receive a Gauteng e-toll invoice of R43.50 ... for their tractor.

“If the situation was not so upsetting, it would have been quite hilarious,” said Ina van Wyk (62) today.

“The most shocking thing is that the invoice reflected my husband’s ID number and some of our other personal details.”

She said the last time she and her husband, Johnnie (69), had been in Gauteng was 40 years ago.

On the photo attached to the invoice was what looked like a white bakkie or panel van. Its (false) number plate was the same as the Van Wyks’ tractor: CAR 10944.

The vehicle passed through an e-toll gantry on December 19 at 11pm.

“It seems that when these crooks obtain false number plates, they already have all your personal details,” said Van Wyk.

“Once, years ago, we also got a traffic fine for supposedly driving through a red traffic light in Cape Town. This vehicle had also used the registration number of our tractor. By the way, the John Deere tractor is safely locked up in our barn,” she said.

Van Wyk’s attempts to contact the SA National Roads Agency has failed so far and she intends to write a letter of complaint to it.

The story created a huge reaction. One comment was from a blind person who said he did not drive, but still received an e-tolls invoice. Another said on Facebook that he received an e-toll invoice for his caravan.

“I think they should demand an ID book when people have number plates made,” said Van Wyk.

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