The case against the Bulgarian who had attempted to avoid paying e-tolls through committing fraud was essentially a fraud case which he acknowledged and not a test for e-tolls as such, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Transport said.
The Bulgarian bio-physicist, Stoyen Hristov Stoychev, entered into plea-bargain and sentence agreement after he had been caught with false number plates on his vehicle to avoid having to pay e-tolls. He was handed a fine of R20 000 and had to pay the outstanding e-tolls.
Adv. Alberts says the public should understand that the case against Stoychev was not about the legality of e-tolls, but essentially about fraud which was committed to circumvent the system.
He said Outa had already undertaken to assist anybody in court who is charged purely on the fact that they oppose the principle of e-tolls and the FF Plus will also keep to its undertaking to give a legal opinion about this in the instance where there is a court case about the matter.
“The FF Plus maintains that the system is unconstitutional and therefore illegal. The Toll Gate Action Group (TAG) of which the FF Plus is part of still intends to have the legality of the e-tolls tested in court,” Adv. Alberts said.
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