Survey finds that 50% of South Africans see e-tolls as corrupt

Survey finds that 50% of South Africans see e-tolls as corrupt

- According to a new survey, half of South Africans say they would never consider paying e-tolls

- A majority of those surveyed added that they viewed the system as corrupt

- The AA has proposed changes to the e-toll system aimed at improving compliance

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A new survey by the Automobile Association (AA) has found that 50% of South Africans say they there is nothing which could convince them to start paying e-tolls.

The report found that most citizens view the e-toll system as corrupt.

However, some respondents said they would pay the tolls if government took steps such as scrapping existing e-toll debt and and restructuring pricing.

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The answers to the survey reflect a general negative attitude toward e-tolls, Briefly.co.za has gathered. For example, compliance with the system has remained notoriously low since the system was first implemented in 2013. At its highest point, only 40% of road users complied with e-tolls, according to Times Live.

Additionally, while some people in the survey said they would like historic e-toll debt to be scrapped, some have suggested that such a move may actually reduce e-toll compliance rates. This is because citizens who have been paying their e-toll debt may see the move as unfair to them.

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The Association did recommend other steps which it believes could improve the system, however. These include reimbursing those who have paid their e-toll fees as well as revising the way the tolls are priced, Business Tech has reported.

Specifically, the AA suggests that Sanral should stop going after motorists who refuse to pay the tolls. Also, the organisation says it may be better to replace the tolls with a general levy tied to the fuel levy.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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