Researcher slapped with R20‚000 fine for evading e-tolls

 A senior biochemist researcher at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research made history as the first motorist to be convicted for evading e-tolls in the Pretoria magistrate’s court.

Dr Stoyan Stoychev‚ 36‚ pleaded guilty to 987 charges of contravening National Road Traffic Act and the SA National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act for each time he passed through a gantry as well as fraud for altering his registration plates to evade e-tolls. Continue reading

E-toll service ‘very poor’: survey

A survey of road users revealed that 80 percent found the e-toll administration service “very poor”, the SA Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Sacci) said on Tuesday.

“The gross majority of the respondents indicated that the level of service for the e-toll administration was ‘very poor’, 80.5 percent,” CEO Neren Rau said in a statement.

Sacci was concerned about this. More than 6000 road users were surveyed to give input to the Gauteng e-toll review panel. Continue reading

E-toll boycott derails plan for Gautrain passengers

More than R40-billion has been spent but Gauteng transport chiefs are now coming to the realisation that the province’s two flagship projects – Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and Gautrain – are not having the desired effect.

The two multibillion-rand projects seem to be working against each other, officials suggest.

Gautrain bosses recently told the provincial roads and transport portfolio committee that they did not initially view the upgraded freeways as a threat to the Gautrain. On the contrary, they had expected motorists to pour into Gautrain carriages as they battled to keep up with the rising cost of driving private cars on Gauteng’s newly e-tolled freeways. Continue reading

E-tolling: Is the ship sinking?

All is not well in the “e-tolling empire”, says Fin24 user Jason Fivaz in response to the news that Sanral chairperson Tembakazi Mnyaka had resigned on Wednesday.

Fivaz, who said he had written to the Sanral executive on numerous occasions, wrote to Fin24 on Thursday that he couldn’t contain himself when he heard that another Sanral executive had resigned “for personal reasons”. Continue reading

NPA appoints e-toll prosecutors

Prosecutors have been appointed to work with the South African National Roads Agency Limited to deal with non-payment of e-tolls.

National Prosecuting Authority spokesman Nathi Mncube said on Tuesday: “We have assigned two prosecutors to work with Sanral with the view to establish whether the activities by some motorists constitute an offence in terms of the Sanral Act.

“Section 27(5)(a) makes it an offence to refuse or fail to pay the amount of toll that is due and is punishable on conviction with imprisonment or a fine.” Continue reading