As none of the instruments which are being used for the e-tolls have been certified as prescribed by law, all advertisements regarding e-tolls are illegal and it should be stopped immediately, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Transport says.
Adv. Alberts says the FF Plus sent a letter to Sanral today in which it is asked to withdraw all advertisements which are currently being marketed on various platforms, such as TV, radio and newspapers. The deadline is this Friday at 17:00.
He said that if Sanral does not respond favourably, a complaint will be lodged with the Advertising Standards Authority of South Africa (ASASA). The complaint relates to the fact that e-toll instruments have not been certified, as required by the Legal Metrology Act, 9 of 2014.
This law mentions in Section 35 that no measuring instrument or product may be advertised, unless the measuring to which is referred to in the advertisement meets all the legal requirements. With the e-tolls, this is not the case.
“The contravening of this Section is a criminal offense. The chief executive officer of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications recently confirmed in writing to the FF Plus that certification for the e-toll measuring instrument do not exist,” Adv. Alberts says.
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