Sanral denies vehicles to be impounded

2012-04-05 15:48

Johannesburg - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has refuted media reports about impounding of vehicles where a road user has outstanding e-toll fees.

The agency said on Thursday that these reports were based on assumptions about and interpretations of the draft regulations pertaining to the South African National Roads Agency Limited and National Roads Act.

The draft regulations do not mention anywhere that road users' vehicles would be impounded if they have outstanding toll fees, it said.

The draft regulations instead state that: "where any vehicle is parked or left on a national road in a position or in circumstances which in the opinion of such an authorised employee appointed in terms regulation 2 (2) (a), is likely to cause danger or an obstruction to other traffic on such road, that employee may remove it forthwith to a government facility and in the case where such a vehicle was carrying persons who will be left stranded at the scene if the vehicle is so removed, the authorised employee may arrange and contract with any other person to provide the necessary transport to such persons: Provided that such employee shall, in removing such vehicle, use such device or devices as may be necessary, having regard to the public safety."

  • Allstar - 2012-04-05 16:20

    Keep the smoke screen going for as long as you can...I will never pay. From end April Iwill drive with a gun in the car.

      mbathamv - 2012-04-05 16:28

      Nobkiere will be enough my man.

      Jared - 2012-04-05 16:55

      There is a very simple, non-violent and legal way to sabotage and destroy this entire toll scam and to stop feeding the ANC's criminal cadres who tried to make a quick buck by extorting the public: 1. It is not compulsory to buy an e-tag. They can't force you. 2. If you drive past a gantry without an e-tag, Sanral will have to mail you an invoice. 3. 2 million vehicles in Gauteng driving past hundreds of gantries seven days per week, will cause the postal system as well as Sanral's administration to collapse within a week. There is no way they can send out and deliver a million letters per week, and even less of a way they can administer is. So it's simple: DO NOT buy an e-tag and force them to send you the invoice via snail mail. Voila - tolling is dead! See: No need for guns, just obey the law but refuse to buy an e-tag, thereby imposing an impossible load on the postal system and Sanral and the entire house of cards will tumble. Best of all, you won't break any laws in the process.

      Roger - 2012-04-05 18:17

      No need for firearms just ask for photographic proof that is was you involved

      Vusi - 2012-04-05 18:52

      Great comment Jared!

      Sedick - 2012-04-07 18:37

      R10 will be enough.......

  • Judith - 2012-04-05 16:29

    Let's keep up the pressure - they are crumbling

      colin.dovey - 2012-04-05 16:51

      How do we know that for sure with all the bluster going on from both SANRAL and the politicians?

      Johnathon - 2012-04-06 17:08

      I have never seen and organization running so scared, and resorting to such desperate means, to get the public to buckle. Only reason to resort to this attitude is that SANRAL & the greedy, corrupt, inefficient, most prodigious waster of public funds,best paid and bloated civil service ever, is that if e-toll system fails,all bribes, corruption, and billions to be made on this evil scheme, will not come to fruition. Billions of rands were due to fall into completely undeserving political, civil and private pockets.We are winning hands down.For the first time show that the citizens of this country have had enough.The accepted international norm for civil service salaries versus tax income is 25% max. This Government now consumes 50% of the countries budget.Force them to retrench and fire corrupt,self serving Government officials, until 25% Goverment take is reached. Most civil servants are parasites, take, and give zero in return. Follow Jared's advice. NEVER EVER BUY E-TAGS, AND NEVER BUCKLE TO SANRALS THUGGARY, THREATS AND INTIMIDATION.

      Rodney - 2012-04-07 18:32

      Judith unfor Sanral is prepared for every scenario , they will selectively target the ppl who can afford to pay aka us the middle income oke's just wait and see

  • Shirley - 2012-04-05 16:29

    LOL!!!!!!! A drunk driver who kills someone doesnt get his car confiscated-so how the hell are you going to take are car because certain people need"funds"???????

      Johnathon - 2012-04-06 17:26

      I have a sinking feeling in my stomach, that come 30th April, and toll roads are full of thug "peace officers" and Metro Cops are stopping you at off ramps, all the bravado shown in the e-toll comments, may suddenly disappear. No E-TAG is a given, as it is not compulsory anyway. If those with no e-tags, just have courage for the first three months of tolling, and do not respond to any threat fines and letters, and e-toll accounts sent to them are ignored, just for the first three months, then sit back and see if SANRAL is able to sort out the chaos of unpaid tolls. If we hear that they cannot cope with reining in toll defaulters, then the non payment can go on for say a further six months. If SANRAL still not able to sort out the mess, then motorists, we will all be home and dry. That first three months of non-payment will be critical. We can then all see what their solutions and actions will be. This is the first chance the country has had to express its feelings of no more taxes. The Government will have to learn to survive on current tax income. This may involve down scaling of the Civil Service, and drastic reductions in high salaries, extravagant perks, and sinful waste of tax payers money. Let them realise, that the countries tax payers’ pockets have been sucked dry. Do not panic and let SANRALS intimidation break you.

  • Henry - 2012-04-05 16:34

    I wonder how much SANRAL is paying News24 to cause all this 'panic' ?

      Johnathon - 2012-04-07 01:25

      Sorry Henry. Do not quite understand your comment. Why should SANRAL ever pay for such negative comments to be published against them. How could this possibly promote their cause. Your logic defies me. Maybe you can elaborate on your comment. The only thing that is happening, is that each desperate punitive action SANRAL thinks of, is being exposed by a wide awake press. That is why Zuma and his worms, are so desperate to introduce the ”Secrecy at all costs, hide corruption, hide incompetence, hide Government spend on politicians excess luxury and a life living like Barons, Queens & Kings Bill. All this while the population dies of poverty, lack of education, lack of medical care, unemployment and overtaxing”

      Rodney - 2012-04-07 18:31

      sanral will target the 'middle income - rich .they wont bother to go after the old golf drivers lol , u watch and see

  • Piet - 2012-04-05 16:36

    Forget it you thieves. You have stolen enough from us!

  • Vusi - 2012-04-05 16:36

    It is reported today, that the Public Investment Corporation - an investment manager for state institution - has bought R17 Billion in SANRAL bonds. 89% of this investment is made-up of Government Employees Pension Funds. "Finally it is clear why government wants to save this project at all cost, despite it being unfeasible and despite it receiving so much public resistance. These types of cover-ups were prevalent during the apartheid regime, but never could have imagined such a huge cover-up in our post-democratic dispensation., "said Narend Singh, MP, the IFP's spokesperson on Finance and on the E-tolling project. It is now clear that there are huge economic issues at stake. If the E-tolling project fails, Government will not only have to bail-out SANRAIL, but it will also have to bail-out the civil cervants' pension funds as well. "It is clear that Government finds itself between a rock and a very hard place," said Singh. He added, "This matrix that we find ourselves in now is totally untenable since the pensions of ordinary citizens are at stake. Government has misled the public. We believe that this might possibly be one of the biggest post-democratic era scandals to date. I will raise this matter at the next possible opportunity at Parliament, as the taxpayer deserves answers on this matter," concluded Singh.

      flysouth - 2012-04-05 16:54

      "We believe that this might possibly be one of the biggest post-democratic era scandals to date" Yes indeed - in fact this rivals the arms deal for scandal - the government has manipulated the entire process and failed to consult properly in a deliberate and surreptitious ploy to add a new and unjustified tax to the massive burden of taxation already suffered by all SA citizens. It has done this, not so that the massive gains from this tax can be used for upliftment and development of our people in SA, but so that the profits can be used for personal enrichment of a few and to help hide the massive losses from corruption, negligence and waste by all government structures. The other burning question is that of the involvement of a foreign corporation, Kapsch Traffic Systems of Austria who will apparently be creaming off at least 60 - 80% of all profits in concession fees and profit share! In my view this foreign involvement amounts to a treasonous act on the part of government who are allowing the earnings of South Africans to be exported to Europe in this manner! It is essential that all opposed to this heinous scheme maintain the pressure in order that these tolls be scrapped - not changed, not reduced - simply scrapped. None must buy an e-tag or even apply for an 'account' with SANRAL - they are now telling us that without an e-tag, an account must be registered with them and is needed to use the highways. We can win by not complying with any of this!

      colin.dovey - 2012-04-05 16:57

      @Vusi - your post is an EXCELLENT pen-picture of the situation. Nice work!

      Vusi - 2012-04-05 17:02

      I fully agree with you. This was another over-costed project and guess who made Billions out of this. They now want to use PIC money once again to fund the new Infrastructure plan. Again the same will happen. The projects will be over-costed and this is now the latest way of stealing innocent people's pension money. The ANC is a scandalous movement and an embarrassment to every South African!

  • quintusb - 2012-04-06 09:38

    still not buying an e-tag - to hell with this money stealing scheme. next gov is to tax my fresh air

  • Mark - 2012-04-06 12:07

    I'm starting to think that Sanral and their buddies in the ANC have got themselves into a corner. They want our money because they're over committed but they can't enforce the system unless they change the law. Going to make them look exactly what they are - a bunch of thieves.

  • Graham - 2012-04-06 17:20

    Now we must travel on public transport , HELLO TAXI , Ish no taxies , bet at least 90% were impounded in the last 70 hours . what next . pay your toll or die in a taxi ?????NO TO ETOLL

  • Anette - 2012-04-11 16:18

    Impound my "tjor". I don't think so. I would rather smash it to smithereens against a tree. No more!!!!!! I am not supporting another corrupt scheme.

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