As much as motorists in Gauteng hate etolls, the government and South Africa’s National Roads Agency (Sanral) are forging ahead with plans to make it even harder for drivers to skip on payments.
During the announcement of new dispensations in May this year, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said that it will soon be impossible for motorists with outstanding etolls to renew their vehicle license discs.
The announcement sparked outrage, and while regulations have been inching closer to its implementation, a number of changes need to be made before it become law.
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), who has been extremely vocal in its opposition to etolls, has said in a Facebook post that it will fight tooth and nail to stop the license disc regulations from coming into being.
“Outa has decided to fight the planned regulatory changes which threaten vehicle license renewal in the case of outstanding e-tolls,” it wrote on its page.
Outa added that it realised a long-term strategy is now needed to fight Sanral, as the government has shown it has no intention of letting up.
“As a result of these developments, the Outa committee has decided to position the organisation for the long-term challenge by increasing resources and introducing additional structures to strengthen our fight against Government,” it wrote.
Outa has also put out a call to the public for contributions and donations.
“A Government that makes irrational decisions which are not in the best interest of you, the citizens of SA, must receive the necessary response from the people, however, this is only possible through a long term public funding and support program. And this is where we need you,” it said.
It has provided a link where you can sign-up to become a member of Outa.
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