Driving from JHB to PTA could cost you R1 000 

If the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act, which was signed into law by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week, goes into effect, a trip from Johannesburg to Pretoria will cost consumers without e-tags R1 000.

A R250 fine would be levied against motorists for for every gantry passed without an e-tag present.

Critics have slated this decision as:

  • This legislation could be used to bully non-paying motorists into paying e-tolls
  • Gauteng currently has a 70% non-compliance rate, meaning the burden of billing motorists would be onerous
  • Approximately 1,49-million trips are taken on Gauteng’s tolled roads daily
  • For every R500 fine received under the new Act, motorists will receive a demerit point
  • Non-payment of fines could result in a three-year driving ban
  • This would cause havoc with the country’s economy as people would lose jobs and small businesses may close

Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula has a deadline of Saturday 31 August to announce the future of the contentious tolling system.

 

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