E-toll courts for nonpaying offenders?

2013-10-14 10:18

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The SA Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the justice department were discussing the possibility of establishing special courts where e-toll nonpayers could be prosecuted.

Justice department spokesperson Mthunzi Mhaga said Sanral had asked for such a court, Beeld reported today.

“We are still talking about what would be the best method.”

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) and the department of justice said they “could not speculate” on whether the country’s legal system would be able to cope.

Bulelwa Makeke, the NPA’s head of communications, said it was the NPA’s responsibility to allow courts to apply laws that had been accepted.

Sanral and former transport minister (now energy minister) Ben Martins had earlier acknowledged that the controversial AARTO Act would not be used to prosecute e-toll nonpayers, but rather the Criminal Procedure Act.

Motorists would receive fines by registered mail that could lead to a court summons.

According to the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance’s court documents, this could be about 2.1 million summonses.

Vusi Mona, Sanral’s spokesperson, said motorists who did not pay their toll fees would be charged under the Sanral Act.

If the first debt collection process fails, a final notice will be sent and the matter will be handed over to the prosecuting authority.

It would be done electronically, he said.

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