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E-tolls: Filling pockets

28 March 2014, 09:00
We normally listen to Y-FM and later at exactly six-o-clock change to Radio702 enroute work. While busy negotiation a van der hoff traffic, I heard that it is impossible to renew a vehicle certificate with outstanding e-toll account. Well, should we say this is the new strategy to fill the pockets of those in licensing department. Before I even proceed, who still remember AARTO?

I was once almost denied to renew my drivers licence owing to the unpaid traffic offences. I would say I was lucky because I had few notes on me to negotiate my way through it. The same about AARTO holds at the Metro Police office, they can easily be bypassed.

It is a known fact that SANRAL displayed lots of holes since rolling out the e-toll. The officials at the licensing department know that the cars are cloned especially at the townships. It will be their early bonus because they will definitely find a way to bypass the system based on the cloning effect.

I fail to understand how can that affect the renewal of a car? Why must one go through the legal processes while losing money at the same time to prove that he never passed the gantry. Why is their database not linked with the vehicle registration office such that they can ascertain the recepient before sending the summons?

Am not entirely disputing paying them, however there must be a fertile ground to promote fair play. I think utilizing the mechanisms which gives people little hope is merely oppressing those without a legal voice or mind.

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