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Sanral blames e-toll glitches on EFTs

Dec 03 2013 21:41 Sapa

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Johannesburg - The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday that an investigation revealed that problems experienced  on its website stemmed from financial transaction options.

Sanral said users who wanted to register for e-tolls were struggling with typical problems experienced on websites with financial transaction options.

It said users must alter the settings on their computers if they were unable to register for e-tolls on the website.

"By accepting the e-toll website as a secure site on the personal computer settings, it will allow the user to gain access to the e-toll website for registration," Sanral said in a statement.

Stop the fuel levy - Inkatha

Meanwhile, the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP) is called on the government to stop the fuel levy and reduce the price of driver's licences.

IFP Gauteng caucus leader Bonginkosi Dhlamini said the party cried for the 2.5 million road users in the province.

"It is sad that having a means of transport has now become a sin. Our people are being coerced and manipulated into paying for what is going to prove to be the most expensive blunder this leadership has ever done," he said.

Dhlamini said the government's attempt to put a positive spin on e-tolling shocked the party. It could not understand how the government could find it "logical to rob Gauteng citizens in broad daylight".

He said the government should stop the fuel levy and reduce the price of driver's licences.

Traffic jam

On Tuesday morning, traffic on the M1 highway from Soweto towards the Crown Interchange, which is not tolled and is close to the N1, was at a standstill, Johannesburg metro police said.

Meanwhile, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said the expected monthly e-toll tariffs had been exaggerated by critics.

"Expected monthly tariffs payable by light motor vehicles show that about 83% will pay not more than R100 a month, and 0.59% in the same class will reach the maximum of R450," she told reporters at the SA National Roads Agency Limited's (Sanral) operations centre in Midrand.

"We are very disappointed that some of our citizens and leaders, including those who have in the past styled themselves as champions of the rule of the law, will not this time around accept the rule of the law," Peters said.

Take advantage now - ANC

The ANC called on motorists on Tuesday to register for e-tags to take advantage of the benefits - including discounted rates for frequent users.

"The ANC further calls for restraint from all members of society against mobilising for lawlessness as it relates to the e-tolls," said ANC spokesperson Jackson Mthembu.

Mthembu said the ANC was grateful to the almost one million South Africans who had already bought their e-tags and who had committed themselves to working with the government to improve infrastructure.

The Democratic Alliance took its protest to the skies with an aircraft towing an anti-e-tolls banner. The red and blue banner read: "Fight e-tolls, vote DA". It circled Germiston on the East Rand before flying over all the newly-tolled routes.

Use your votes - DA

DA Gauteng premier candidate Mmusi Maimane said people needed to use their votes to fight e-tolling.

"If you oppose tolling, you must oppose the current government."

He reiterated that motorists were under no obligation to register for e-tags and he said he would not register his own car.

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) vowed to continue its fight against e-tolls and said the government had demonstrated its stubbornness and unwillingness to co-operate with workers.

"December 3 will represent the day on which our government has refused to listen to the views of the people and the poor," Cosatu Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said.

"It represents a clear demonstration of cadres who have been power-drunk and believe that they could do as they so wish," Dakile told reporters in Johannesburg.


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