Politicians have reacted with fury over the latest proposals in SA’s new Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Bill, with some slamming proposals to ‘double-up’ on fines for e-tolls.
According to the submission, offending motorists will be hit by an administration fee on top of their initial required payments, sending financial penalties soaring. The draft legislation is stirring plenty of controversy.
New, increased fines for e-tolls coming in 2021
The contentious payment system has been blighted by non-compliance since its 2013 introduction. Gauteng residents may soon face tougher restrictions that force them to cough-up, and the suggested payment structure for e-tolls is as follows:
- New AARTO regulations propose excessively high fines of up to R500 per e-toll bridge for unpaid fees.
- That comes with an additional R100 administration fee per notice sent.
- Therefore, with each offence a driver commits, they could be asked to pay R600.
- There will be no demerit points for e-toll offences. But skipping two or three gantries at a time could see your bills pile up.
AARTO proposals ‘could be as devastating as COVID-19’
Anton Alberts is the FF Plus national chairperson and MPL for Gauteng. He went one further than most earlier this week, and suggested that proposed fines for the misuse of e-tolls will ‘drive motorists off the highways’. According to Alberts, the implementation of this policy could decimate the regional economy just like the pandemic has:
“These fines could have the same damaging impact as a second wave of COVID-19 infections in Gauteng seeing as the highways form the economic heartbeat of the province and South Africa on the whole. The fines will deter people from using highways altogether. The FF Plus also views the fines as unconstitutional.”
“Amid rumours of a second wave of COVID-19 infections possibly hitting the province, the government is creating its own crisis by proposing fines that could be the final nail in the coffin for the province’s finances. Therefore, the FF Plus considers the proposed fines utterly reckless and the party demands that they must be withdrawn immediately.”