E-tolls will cause deaths - ambulance body

E-tolls will cause deaths - ambulance body

2014-01-16 11:58

Johannesburg - The SA Private Ambulance and Emergency Services Association has condemned Sanral's insistence that non-government ambulances fit e-tags if they want to use Gauteng freeways, The Times reported on Thursday.

"They will force private ambulance services to use alternative routes...it will lead to delays in responses to emergencies," association CEO Oliver Wright was quoted as saying.

"Sanral's actions will inevitably cause deaths."

Wright said the association's request that private ambulance services be exempt from e-tolls had fallen on deaf ears.

He said the association had highlighted that, like government ambulances, private emergency services helped non-paying and non-medical aid patients.

SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) spokesperson Vusi Mona said it was incorrect to say private ambulances were not exempt from e-tolling.

"Qualifying private ambulances are exempt...as part of the exemption process these ambulances need to obtain an e-tag, register and apply for exemption. Private ambulances are not 'forced' to use alternative roads," said Mona.

ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak told the newspaper all his organisation's vehicles across the country had been fitted with e-tags.

  • Sickup Andfed - 2014-01-16 12:04

    Scamral don't give a toss, just like the new regime.

      John Brown - 2014-01-16 12:20

      The DA have confirmed an announcement by the IEC that South Africans living abroad will be able to vote in the 2014 Elections! Tell all your friends and family living abroad to vote please. We need to get rid of the ANC government (and E-tolls) ................VOTE DA!!!

      Japie JJ du Toit - 2014-01-16 12:27

      We are getting screwed over and over by this corrupt government. Time for them to go, and the savings the new government can generate should be reinvested in its people and infrastructure and not no1 SSAhole

      Chrono Man - 2014-01-16 12:36

      How on earth can taxis be exempt but ambulances are not? (Actually this is a ridiculous topic to debate because e-tolls WILL crash. We need to stand firm.)

      No Tolls - 2014-01-16 12:36

      Not only are Scamral going to cause deaths they are also going to cause financial difficulties for many. I wonder how many of the politcally connected are benefitting from the R600 000 000 a year fee that is going offshore? See suckmytoll-e.co.za for laters counters.

      Eugene Meyer - 2014-01-16 12:57

      You know what, I think its about time someone just go burn those gantries down. Or offer R250 to the beggars on the streets for each camera they bring you from those gantries.

      Byron Damons - 2014-01-16 13:14

      What if Vusi need ambulance assistance and its just across the highway

      Freddie Miller - 2014-01-16 13:40

      Just shows the government's priorities... ambulances must pay, but mini bus taxi's can drive for free. Messed up, like everything they touch.

      Kevin Marsh - 2014-01-16 20:51

      Just boycott E Tolls . It's the right thing to do

  • DerekMain - 2014-01-16 12:05

    Vusi Mona is an out-and-out liar. Google the Hefer Commission (that was investigating spying allegations against Bulelani Ngcuka). The judge was asked to charge Mona with perjury: "I need to record that the leader of the evidence requested me to refer Mr Mona's evidence to the Provincial Director of Public Prosecutions with a view to a possible prosecution for perjury. I would rather not do so because his employer has relieved him from his duties and, although his dismissal arose from other causes, I am satisfied that he has discredited himself to such a degree in the newspaper community, that he will not find it easy to procure employment in that field again." Stand firm Gautengers - we are all behind you. This battle has only just started and the only loser will be Scumral. AMANDLA AWETHU!!! Phansi cANCer, phansi!!!

  • Ryan Woods - 2014-01-16 12:09

    Yoh - court cases are a coming and things are gonna get ugly. Good, its time now that we raise our IQ and stick it to these bastards.

  • Mike Heyns - 2014-01-16 12:10

    Yip, they will even tax you to death!!

  • WollieVerstege - 2014-01-16 12:10

    "ER24 spokesperson Werner Vermaak told the newspaper all his organisation's vehicles across the country had been fitted with e-tags." Exactly, across the country. So 900k sold but how many being used on the actual toll roads?

      Mike Heyns - 2014-01-16 12:16

      In order to maintain a lifetime balance in your fleet of vehicles, it is important to rotate them when required to maximise utilisation of the vehicle. The last thing you wish to explain to a family when the availability of a vehicle is questioned by an e-tag and the patients life is depending on it!

      Mike Heyns - 2014-01-16 12:20

      Now Wollie, spare your thought (and sympathy) for logistics companies which have between 3 to 4,000 delivery vehicles in their fleet (this is one company only)!

      WollieVerstege - 2014-01-16 13:16

      Mike, Owning several businesses myself I understand what you are saying. What I am alluding to is the fact that Sanral is trying to create the impression that there are 900k compliant drivers on the tolled roads, which is of course not the case. At no time, that I am aware of, has Sanral released any information about how many e-tagged vehicles are actually using the road. I also - off coarse - think that it is despicable that these ambulances have to pay toll fees. For my part, cars from private security companies must also be exempted.

  • Allan Maurice Levitt - 2014-01-16 12:12

    Next up will be that non-government taxis will have to pay e-tolls. LOL. It is about time that every vehicle that uses the stolen roads pay or scrap the whole scam.!!

  • Willie Betali - 2014-01-16 12:17

    Vusi, do you even know what the difference is between what comes out of your mouth, and what comes out of your ass? You need to go see a doctor, because the 2 spaces swapped places. Take your tag and go play in traffic. I dare you.

  • schroedazzler - 2014-01-16 12:24

    The entire system will inevitably reach a point of collapse if the road users do these things below - no more is needed: 1. DO NOT BUY AN E-TAG OR REGISTER WITH SANRAL 2. TAKE THE TEMPORARY PAIN OF NOT GETTING ANY SO-CALLED DISCOUNTED RATE 3. DEMAND A DETAILED ACCOUNTING - ON PAPER, NOT ELECTRONIC - AS AN INVOICE 4. REFUSE ANY COMMUNICATIONS OTHER THAN BY REGULAR POSTAL MEANS Each of these actions is entirely legal and is your right to demand. Fellow road users - we cannot and will not lose if we do not allow SANRAL to short-circuit the legally-prescribed processes because, in their greed, arrogance and contempt for us all, they have failed to organise their money-grubbing scheme, to be able to effectively comply with those requirements. If they now try to do so, they will fail and bankrupt themselves - let us help them to do that!

      SunshinyDay - 2014-01-16 13:21

      I am happy to report that I used the e- tolls (no tag, not registered) in early December and am still waiting for an invoice. If they can't be bothered to send to me in a timely fashion, how am I supposed to get it? Unless they expect me to go to their branches? Even CoJ is better at sending out invoices.

      Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2014-01-17 08:38

      I support schroedazzler 100%. I wonder how things are going with the invoicing? Here and there you do here of people who have received invoices. I have managed to steer clear of any gantries so far.

  • Isabel Rodriguez - 2014-01-16 12:29

    don’t buckle highway users! I recieved this in the mail, so not sure of how truthful this is. SANRAL with assistance of the Metro Police are setting up Illegal roadblocks, forcing people to register for E-tags. For the ETOLL system to work SANRAL needs 78% compliance. On Tuesday of the +-900 000 cases of vehicles passing through the William Nicol plaza only +- 1300 cars were E-tag registered. Don’t be scared, they can’t force you to do anything. If you do get pulled over in a roadblock as described above, please call the “Justice Project of South Africa” on 0878090399. Alert them of the roadblock and they will send some personnel to shut the Roadblock down. Alliance against urban tolling statement at 5pm yesterday reported that their in-situ electronic sensors confirm 985,322 vehicles passed through William Nicol gantry, and only 1,339 of them were SANRAL registered with an e-tag. This is a massive setback for SANRAL. On day one at one toll gate alone, they now have to send out almost a million accounts. The system is close to collapsing folks. Lets persist to resist! Make this message go VIRAL - Please SHARE?

      Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2014-01-17 08:43

      Interesting information Isabel. You seem well informed! I will be very surprised if they will try and go as far as forcing people to register.

  • Marius Botha - 2014-01-16 12:49

    this is just BS!! So tired of all this scamral crap please can some organasation or party gets those low life piece of crap of our toll roads, seriously I have to drive around the freeway because of those useless people please, anybody just get them out of SA. Come on stand together and beat these thugs, please people they will ruine us if we don't

  • Bruce Lawson - 2014-01-16 12:58

    Problem with voting overseas - sites for registering are unrealistically scattered DC, New York, LA etc - its not going to work! People cant get there in time or have the means. Wasted opportunity!

  • Sunshiny Day - 2014-01-16 13:14

    So taxi's are exempt but EMERGENCY vehicles are not? Where is the logic? The people running Sanral are a joke, their families must be so embarassed by them.

      Anthony Murray Sheffield - 2014-01-20 17:39

      Far more ANC voters in taxis than in ambulances. Also, etolls would cut down the profits of the ANC owners

  • Drexlar Mutant - 2014-01-16 13:15

    This is some BullSh*t, so Sanral exempts taxis aka ''death traps vehicles'', and forces private ambulances aka ''life-saving vehicles'' to pay for e-tolls...is this government smoking pot or something!

  • Missmizz Sabath - 2014-01-16 13:27

    Some-one else believes that Sanral are and will be murderers! Not only will the private ambulances need to speed on alternative roads, but will invariably knock down pedestrians. Sanral and your bum-chum Zuma, are murders.

  • Christa Campbell - 2014-01-16 13:53

    "They will force private ambulance services to use alternative routes". For goodness sake, just use the freakin highway and refuse to pay.

  • Janade Sewnarain - 2014-01-16 14:35

    Just register your ambulance vehicle with the taxi association and you good to go :):)

  • Jason Marriott - 2014-01-16 14:49

    I agree these types of organizations shouldn't be charged tolls. But considering how much a private hospital charges don't think it should be an excuse not to use the highway in the event of emergency what could it possibly cost R20-R30 for a trip?

  • Robert Coughlan - 2014-01-16 15:01

    So, if I'm not mistaken, minibus taxis get blanket exemption, but only certain ambulances, meeting certain criteria, are exempt. If that's the case, WTF?!?

  • Tawizee - 2014-01-16 15:14

    Cancelling my medical aid to save some money for e-tolls. so by the time the ambulances get an exemption, I will probably be dead.

  • Mahomed Mather - 2014-01-16 15:58

    Have all the government Vehicles and blue Light brigade vehicles been fitted with E Tags? I would love to see proof that they have.

  • Eugenio Lopes - 2014-01-16 17:08

    I do not understand the logic as to why the Taxis are exempt from E-Tolls with most of them not paying Taxes after all, but essential service vehicles such as Ambulances need to pay. This is typical of this government bowing to the pressure of the Taxi bosses and being able to control the law abiding groups

      Mirnix Dirnix - 2014-01-16 20:47

      It's easy my friend.If the taxis had to pay E-toll, we would find our self's in a war.With guns!!The government is scared of them unlike a private ambulance.Get rid of these leaches and you will see improvement!

      Stefan Van Der Spuy - 2014-01-17 08:48

      To make taxi's pay (and effectively the passengers) would be like handing Gauteng to the DA on a plate... I think it's going to happen anyway.

  • Kevin Marsh - 2014-01-16 20:52

    The state ambulances will have flat batteries , the petrol will have been siphoned out and if it does start there will be some cadre making happy in the back . No thanks .

  • Iain Ure - 2014-01-17 10:09

    So where will OUTA find the cash for the next round of events not for the fight against SANRAL but the battle against SANPAL. Yes its on the cards for a new agency to jump on the bandwagon and here I proudly introduce to the citizens of South Africa - The " South Afican National Pavement Agency Limited" Yes you got it we are upgrading the pavements in Gauteng and all pedestrians will be leg tagged by order of the government.Fees are still to be decided but according to government sources the fees should be a walkover. Bless you scoundrels less

  • Ian Barton - 2014-01-17 15:26

    Could these deaths arise from people climbing the gantries to pull them down with their bare hands?

  • Arthur Roper - 2014-01-19 19:49

    The N1 should hitherto be designated Nazi Alley. Spread the word!

  • Michael Wickham - 2014-02-09 09:11

    All emergency vehicles with red lights and sirens on can use any road at anytime they override police and traffic. Government ambulance takes an over an hour to get to a accident .Scamral up yours catch me if you can

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