“Surely what we should be encouraging is for people to obey the law and not be lawlessness. There are enough of those problems already in South Africa,” Nazir Alli, chief executive officer of the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) told CNBC Africa.
This follows after the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) in its e-toll challenge but the alliance vowed that the fight has only just begun.
Alli stated that Outa is pushing forward a contradictive argument, where they are encouraging motorists to not register for e-tags however this then means that these motorists are breaking the law.
“It should be illegal for people to use the roads and not pay for them,” said Alli.
To add, motorists that don’t register for an e-tag will be paying a higher tariff than those that are registered.
“We believe that people in Gauteng are very reasonable. Once they recognise t’hat it is a civic duty to in fact pay for the benefit of something they’re enjoying, the benefits far outweigh the costs,” he explained.
According to Alli, Sanral has conducted research on 2.5 million vehicles, where approximately only 83 per cent of Gauteng motorists will be paying a maximum of R100 per month to use the toll roads.
However, political party, the Democratic Alliance, has challenged Sanral on the research, arguing that the figure of R100 per month is miscalculated and that some Gauteng motorists could potentially pay R400 per month to use the toll roads.