In a statement issued today the CEO of SACCI, Mr. Neren Rau, said:
"The South African Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SACCI) is concerned by the proposal by the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) to introduce special courts for infringements on the so-called e-toll system. These structures will create an additional fiscal burden which road users will have to pay for and will duplicate existing judicial structures capable of handling these charges. The Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO) already provides for road traffic offences.
The proposed special e-toll courts speaks to the questionable efficiency of the entire system. Earlier this year SANRAL attempted to introduce a special SANRAL police force with broad powers of arrest and property seizure which would have been directly appointed by the SANRAL CEO and not answerable to the normal democratic institutions that otherwise oversee conventional policing. The special e-toll courts is similar as it duplicates existing legitimate methods for law enforcement, will cost additional money and the oversight will be questionable.
SACCI calls on SANRAL to withdraw the proposal for a specialised e-toll court."