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E-tolls, will it work?

09 August 2013, 15:19
I guess that is the multi billion rand question.Let us look at this with some of the following perspectives in mind. How many loans were taken from how many "places" to fund the whole idea, which in theory is a great idea, but very poorly implemented. How much debt is payable on all of these loans? How many companies have been, or still are involved in the process? Have they all been paid?

The idea has almost been completely constructed, or are there still sections of our highway not completed?

Now let us look at why this will not actually work. If the AARTO system, which has been faulty from the beginning, and let us not even get into the court cases which have all been part of the "magnificent" AARTO system, have only been able to collect 13% of the fines issued from 2009, how on earth will the unpaid invoices for the E-toll system be collected? Obviously if you have a tag (dumbass) this is a moot point.

Your invoice will have to be delivered to you via registered mail, which has a cost involved, and you then have the option to query the invoice, and to demand proof that the invoice being sent, is correct. Proof will have to be supplied to you via registered mail, that it was indeed you, or your car, that passed the gantries in question. This in itself is a mountain of administration, which is completely unmanageable. Not to mention the costs involved.

Should you refuse to pay, SANRAL, has to send a summons within 30 days, of the invoice not being paid within due date, let alone you sending any query of your invoice.

Are you seeing the picture here. For every person that does not buy a tag, the system becomes less workable.This is a clear example of civil disobedience working for the people.

So people, do you think that the e-tolls will work?

I do not give a continental, I will not buy a tag, and I refuse to pay any invoice that is sent to my address.

And please, do not give me the, "if they stop you, you will be arrested, and spend the evening in jail, and Babba will blah blah, blah."

When last did you see a traffic cop stop a citizen for "pausing" at a stop street. As a matter of fact, how long have you had your drivers licence, and how many times have you had to show this to a traffic cop.

I honestly cannot wait to see the excuses that will have to be created to explain why the civil servants pension funds have been depleted.

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