Recent media reports state that the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) intends to use the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (No. 46 of 1998) “AARTO” legal framework to either fine or have motor vehicle licence renewals blocked if motorists have outstanding e-toll fees.
As previously communicated to the media, the legal processes open to SANRAL for outstanding toll fees have been placed on hold until such time as a decision regarding e-tolls has been made by Cabinet.
SANRAL is aware than in the light of an imminent decision on e-tolls there will be attempts by various stakeholders to influence that decision. The regurgitation of old stories is clearly an attempt to do that. The agency would not like to be part of this clear lobbying that is going before a decision on e-tolls is taken. SANRAL, like all other stakeholders, keenly awaits the announcement of the decision. Until then, the agency would prefer to stay out of the matter.