6 March 2018

South Africa: E-Toll Scheme Limps On Life Support - Thanks to Corporate SA


Almost four-and-a-half-years ago, the world's most grandiose of e-toll schemes was switched on in Gauteng, despite research that indicated a high potential for failure due to public dissent and outrage. As it turned out, the world's best e-toll technology supported by a forced legislative process would prove to be useless against the backdrop of poor administration, cumbersome systems, ineffective enforcement and an angry citizenry.

The demise of the elaborate e-toll scheme, hatched by Sanral who sold the idea to the state authorities in 2008, was always just a matter of time. Little were they aware, or willingly oblivious to the sizeable pitfalls and challenges lay ahead for them.

Today, the need to convince Sanral and the government of the scheme's failure no longer exists. They know and have even admitted to this. Sanral's prior claims of success and high levels of compliance back in 2013 and 2014 have been exposed as nothing more than misleading propaganda, as the active user uptake was nowhere near the one-million mark they espoused at the time. Sanral no longer denounces civil society's claims of the roughly "one-in-four" e-toll compliance levels, or that Gauteng's e-tolls will struggle to fetch R900m this year, which is substantively...

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