Dead man gets SMS warning to pay overdue e-toll fees

2014-01-04 11:32

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A man who has been dead since October last year received an SMS warning that he had overdue e-toll fees of R612.21.

Louis Tyler-Scott, son of the dead man, Charles, told Beeld newspaper: “I didn’t know whether I should laugh or cry when I received the SMS [on December 30]. My father last registered a car two years before his death.”

Tyler-Scott said he liked to check his father’s phone from time to time.

Many people have posted their grievances about e-tolls on Facebook and Twitter.

@Florah-M said the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) had contacted her mother via SMS to tell her she owed R380 – this even though her mother lives in Limpopo and does not own a car.

The newspaper reported that another woman, Adri Fourie, was sent an e-mail saying that she owed R204.

However, when she went onto the website, she discovered it had been a Nissan X-Trail, with the same front number plate as her Volkswagen Golf, that had gone through the tolls.

Fourie said she subsequently sent an e-mail to Sanral about this.

“Sanral told me that I must prove it. I refused.”

Meanwhile, the Saturday Star reported that the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) was compiling a dossier of all the problems to send to the Public Protector.

“Sanral is trying by hook and by crook – and now by ‘spook’ – to scare and intimidate road users who have not tagged up, to serve the system even though the system is failing,” Outa spokesperson John Clarke told the newspaper.

However, Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said that people could better solve their queries by contacting the call centre “not your newspaper”.

He suggested that “anyone who is in doubt of our efficiency needs only to look at the national roads. This is not Malawi, to repeat what ... President [Jacob Zuma] said.”

The e-toll system started operating across Gauteng on December 3.

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