Sanral set for more legal battles

2012-04-17 17:42
Johannesburg - Afrikaner lobby group AfriForum instructed its lawyers on Tuesday to urgently prepare court papers in a bid to stop e-tolling.

"The public is asked to wait for the outcome of the proposed legal action of AfriForum and other groups, before deciding whether to register for e-tolls at all," said CEO Kallie Kriel said.

He said the organisation was seeking to oppose the decision of the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to levy a tariff of R1.75/km on road users who were not registered for e-toll.

Referring to the Competition Act, Kriel said it clearly stipulated in Article 8(a) that no dominant company was allowed to abuse its position of dominance in order to levy excessive tariffs.

As a result, he said vehicles used for the organisation's activities would not be registered on the system.

"If enough motorists do not register in protest against the system, it will force Sanral to reconsider e-toll as a non-cost effective collection mechanism," said Kriel.

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