Sanral not allowed to issue summonses due to FF Plus’ complaint with the Consumer Commission

2016-03-22
Adv Anton Alberts

With Sanral’s intention to issue summonses over unpaid e-toll fees, it clearly shows its contempt for the National Consumer Commissioner and the commission’s processes to adjudicate issues, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Transport, says.

Adv. Alberts says the FF Plus has already submitted a complaint to the Consumer Commission on behalf of all account holders, in which it is argued that Sanral’s measuring instruments do not adhere to the requirements of the Legal Metrology Act, 9 of 2014.

According to Adv. Alberts, the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS), had already confirmed to the FF Plus that the e-toll equipment had never been certified, as required by law. The NRCS also confirmed that Sanral had never applied for certification.

“Until the commission makes a finding on this matter, Sanral is not allowed to issue any account or take steps to collect fees, as it could possibly be contravening the law and all accounts could, therefore, be illegal.

“Sanral must take note of the fact that it is a crime to interfere with the operations of the Consumer Commission.

“The FF Plus sent a notice to the Consumer Commission to inform it of Sanral’s contemptuous actions toward the commission and accordingly to have Sanral put on notice.

“The recently, at the request of the Consumer Commission, the FF Plus held a conciliation meeting with Sanral during which it became clear that Sanral is of the opinion that it is not contravening the law.

“What is of great importance is that Sanral has acknowledged during the meeting that it does not have any written proof from the NRCS on the legality of its measuring instruments.

“It is clear that any attempt of Sanral to collect fees, merely on this basis, will be illegal. This is in addition to the fact that in the opinion of the FF Plus, the whole system is immoral and unconstitutional,” Adv. Alberts says.

 

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