AARTO law could see motorists forced to cough up e-toll fees - OUTA

AARTO law could see motorists forced to cough up e-toll fees - OUTA

-Sanral has been trying everything to get Gauteng motorists to cough up in its failing e-tolls debacle

- President Cyril Ramaphosa recently signed in the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Bill, which aims to clamp down on offending motorists

- The Organisation for Undoing Tax is critical of the new law, saying that it may be used to force motorists to pay for the system

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With the Aarto law coming into play soon, OUTA says it will not only be a nightmare to enforce, but will open up the door for further corruption.

The lobby group insists that the new bill will fail in making roads safer, but also claims that a loophole will see motorists forced to pay for e-tolls.

Rudie Heyneke, portfolio manager for transport, is suspicious that technical legal jargon hiding in the law will see the system road-users want to fall re-enforced, reports The Citizen.

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Aarto seeks to make it a crime for road signs to be ignored, which may seem like an innocent enough law, but Heyneke believes that it will cover signposts displaying e-toll costs.

Ignoring the call to pay up may see drivers slapped with a penalty, fine or even legal action, reports The South African.

With under 30% of Gauteng residents bothering to pay the controversial fees, it remains to be seen if Aarto will succeed where other attempts have failed.

Briefly.co.za reported that Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula is adamant there is no turning back as far as the new Bill is concerned, with President Cyril Ramaphosa signing it into action last week.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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