The e-toll payment compliance rate on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project has declined further and is now at 18% – its lowest level ever.
It appears increasingly likely the government will once again miss its self-imposed new deadline to make a pronouncement on the future of e-tolls by the end of March 2021.
Sanral has baulked at commenting on allegations that ETC, which manages the collection of e-tolls, agreed to pay R40-million to an allegedly dodgy subcontractor two weeks before ETC won the Gauteng e-tolls contract.
E-tolls on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project appear set to be part of the lives of motorists for another year – unless the government finally takes a decision to scrap the controversial scheme.
Kusa Kokutsha, whose bid for the cancelled Sanral tender for the continued management of e-tolls was R4.5-billion cheaper than the second bidder, has lodged a high court application to review the cancellation of the tender.
Roads agency Sanral has reissued the tender it cancelled in March for the continued management of e-tolls, despite the continuing uncertainty that exists over the future of e-tolls.
The designation of the toll operations of Sanral as an essential service during the coronavirus lockdown is being questioned by both the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and the Automobile Association.
Roads agency Sanral has cancelled the tender it issued in August last year for the continued management of e-tolls and claims it has not been informed of any decision by the government on the future of the system.
Sanral is evaluating tenders it received for the continued management of e-tolls after its existing contract expires next month, suggesting the government plans to continue with the controversial system.
The only fair and sensible approach is to immediately suspend e-tolling in Gauteng and reimburse consumers who have paid e-tolls since 2013, says the Automobile Association.