Sanral: R500 e-toll fines bogus

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A picture poking fun at e-tolls that went live despite widespread public opposition. (Fin24 user Ruggero Piovesan)
A picture poking fun at e-tolls that went live despite widespread public opposition. (Fin24 user Ruggero Piovesan)
Cape Town - The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Friday distanced itself from the alleged demand for fines from road users with no e-tags by the Johannesburg Metro Police.

Spokesperson Vusi Mona said the agency was alerted to these claims after motorists lodged complaints with the agency.

“We have received complaints from people who are being pulled over allegedly by the Johannesburg Metro Police for entering the highway without e-tags, threatening a R500 fine."

He said that the Sanral suspects that it is a bogus operation, while urging road users to report such incidents.

“This is not acceptable."

Mona said that road users must note the date and time so that incidents can, where possible, be investigated on Sanral cameras.
 
Reported areas where the incidents took place include Rivonia, Kempton Park and Benoni onramps to the highway.

Meanwhile, motorists continue to look for alternate routes to avoid e-tolls, causing massive delays.



The clip above (taken by Gaynor Williams) shows that motorists are seeking out the back roads to avoid the gantries. It is taken on a very busy section of the highway that serves commuters in the North of Johannesburg, including the mega-township of Diepsloot. 

Running for kilometres parallel to the highway (Blouvalk toll) is a narrow road called Witkoppen Road. You can see quite clearly from the video that while the highway is running freely Witkoppen is backed up.

Users told Fin24 that the small back roads between Diepsloot and Sandton were blocked over the last few days as commuters tried to find alternate routes to avoid the e-tolls, causing massive delays of up to two hours.

 - Fin24

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