SANRAL SCRAPS E-TOLL DEBT OF R3.6BN

Sanral says it will write off R3.6 billion for the current financial year but will continue attempts to recover unpaid e-tolls by taking defaulters to court.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has confirmed it will be scrapping debt of more than R3 billion in unpaid e-tolls.

Sanral says it will write off R3.6 billion for the current financial year but will continue attempts to recover unpaid e-tolls by taking defaulters to court.

Sanral says e-toll debt older than three years will also be scrapped.

The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says four out of five motorists aren’t paying e-tolls, and the scheme is simply not working.

Outa’s Wayne Duvenage said: “We believe they’ve written down the punitive tolls down to normal e-tag toll rates and they’ve kept it for the three years and then they ignored all those under R500. That is the first chance of cleaning out, but it is a realisation and acknowledgement ‘that all the charges that we have been charging the public out there are not collectable, we need to start removing it from our books’.”

Outa says Sanral’s decision indicates that mass social protest is working.

Duvenage says by scrapping the debt, Sanral is conceding failure.

“The scheme was well resisted by the public. And I think what they’ve done is now written off a substantive amount and they’re bringing down the outstanding debt with the realisation that in time this scheme is not going to work and they’re going to have to scrap it. So I think they’re going to take a couple of years to try and write off the remainder of the debt.”

By: EWN


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