The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has said that it won’t be using e-toll gantries in the Western Cape, which were being considered for the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Highway Project.
The tolling project will go ahead, but with traditional barrier tolls rather than the purple-lit automated systems which were switched on just before Christmas in Gauteng. According to a SAPA report, the Cape highway isn’t busy enough to warrant e-tolling, since it carries between a third to a half of the 220 000 vehicles which drive along the N1 ring road in Johannesburg every day.
Last year, the City of Cape Town applied for a court order to prevent e-tolls in the region. In Gauteng, meanwhile, the DA issued a press release this morning stating it has submitted “hundreds” of complaints over incorrect billing to the National Consumer Commission and is seeking a court order to suspend e-toll collections under the Consumer Protection Act.
From the DA’s press release this morning:
We believe through the e-toll billing crisis, SANRAL has violated sections 26 (Sales Records) and 40 (unconscionable conduct) of the Consumer Protection Act.
The DA wants the following relief from the Consumer Commission according to sections 72 and 73 of the Act –
– A cease and desist order against SANRAL to end the harassment of Gauteng residents
– A referral to the Consumer Court where a court order may be obtained to go as far as awarding damages to a class of people unfairly billed by e-tolling