"The installation of an elaborate and complex toll gantries, electronic tags in every vehicle and the revenue collection system for this specific project, means that users will pay not only the expense of the road construction but additionally, they must suffer the heavy and unnecessary burden of this specific toll collection system," OUTA says on their site. "It is estimated that the electronic tolling processes planned by SANRAL will cost R1,7 billion per annum (based on the tender awarded by SANRAL to ETC for this work, at R8,4bn for the first five-year period, excluding set up costs) just to operate and administer."This means users will be paying for road upgrades, but also for the e-tolls themselves. The latest news has confirmed this notion. The majority of funds are going towards running the e-tolls and not paying SANRAL to maintain or upgrade roads. Let's look a bit closer at what OUTA revealed about the system…
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"This is a clear indication of how irrational the scheme has become and what makes matters worse is the compliance levels continue to decline year on year. At an average of R55-million per month paid to ETC, and with the current e-toll income levels at around R63-million per month, virtually no money is going toward the e-toll bonds," OUTA said in a statement.Fewer drivers are paying their e-toll accounts, meaning that income will decrease while the costs continue. Furthermore, SANRAL - the very company highway and maintenance debts are owed to - is actually seeing very little of the toll income.
"SANRAL will still be owed around R9.2-billion as of the end of March 2017. OUTA believes that SANRAL will not be able to collect a meaningful portion of this debt, regardless of litigation outcomes going forward," the organisation said. Read More about the Gauteng Premier admitting that e-Tolls were a mistake below