Pay your e-toll or face not being able to sell your car

MOTORISTS with outstanding e-toll fees can expect to start receiving a court summons within the next two weeks.

The Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) company’s CEO, Jamie Surkont, said “there is an obligation to collect the debt and that is what we are going to do”.

ETC COO Mark Ridgway added they will focus on “those who wittingly refuse to pay, with so-called non-responders second on the list”.

It’s illegal to not pay your e-toll account and those who refuse to pay should receive a court summons in the next two weeks.

Surkont and Ridgway held a media briefing on the finer details of the less 60 per cent campaign the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the collection company embarked on to help road users pay for the e-tolls.

Those with outstanding amounts have until May 1 to benefit from the 60 per cent discount. The discount applies to debt incurred from December 1, 2013 to August 21 last year. Any debt incurred from September 1, 2015, will not be subject to the 60 per cent discount.

The company has separated those owing money for tolls into two groups, the “refuse to payers” and the “non-responders”.

The refuse to payers are those who have said explicitly they would never pay for their toll fees. They will be immediately dealt with before the May deadline.

Surkont and Ridgway said those who did not pay faced vehicle listings and court summons. Vehicle listing includes the car owner not being able to sell their car without having settled their debt.

Another proposal that is being gazetted for public comment is that not paying for e-toll debt would result in being issued a traffic fine.

Those who want to pay but cannot pay the entire amount at once can enter into a payment arrangement, but one that would only last six months. Those who default on payment will be issued with a summons.

According to IOL Sanral’s biggest debtor is a trucking company that owes R26-million. “About 517 000 accounts owe 83 per cent of historical debt and it amounts to R5.2-billion,” Ridgway said.

“The biggest noise makers are the refuse to payers,” Surkont said.

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