Any Sanral fines will be illegal due to uncertified e-toll measuring instruments

2016-02-25
Adv Anton Alberts

Threats of possible prosecution made by organisations which have to collect Sanral‘s e-toll fees could blow up in Sanral’s face as the FF Plus has already proven that the measuring instruments being used in the e-toll system has not been certified, as required by law, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Transport has said.

Adv. Alberts has joined OUTA by pointing out that a single failed attempt to prosecute any person in court could see Sanral’s house of cards collapse as it would set a precedent.

He said the FF Plus has already pointed out to Sanral that it is not meeting the requirements of the Legal Metrology Act, 19 of 2014.

The National Regulator for Compulsory Certification (NRCC) has confirmed to the FF plus that the e-toll equipment has never been certified as required by law. The NRCC also confirmed that there had never been an application for certification.

“It is clear that any steps of Sanral to collect fees, merely on this basis would be illegal. This is in addition to the whole system being unconstitutional, according to the FF Plus.

“The FF Plus has on the insistence of the Consumer Commission already made an appointment with Sanral for 3 March to discuss the illegality of the measuring equipment with Sanral.

“If we do not receive satisfactory answers from Sanral, the FF Plus will go ahead with steps against Sanral in terms of the Consumer Spending Act,” Adv. Alberts said.

 

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