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Years after FF Plus raised the issue of SANRAL’s illegal measuring instruments, they still don’t comply with the law

Nearly two years after the FF Plus raised the issue of SANRAL’s e-toll measuring instruments not being certified, as required by the Legal Metrology Act 9 of 2014, it still has not been done, says adv Anton Alberts, chairperson of the FF Plus.

According to adv Alberts, the head of the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) confirmed it earlier this week in response to a question by adv Alberts while giving feedback on the NRCS’s annual report to the parliamentary portfolio committee for Trade and Industry.

As far back as November 2015, the NRCS confirmed to the FF Plus in writing that the instruments are not certified.

Adv Alberts enquired whether the NRCS has developed standards and specifications for the e-toll system as is required by the Legal Metrology Act yet and if so, if the e-toll system complies with the said requirements.

“The answer was that there are no standards for the e-toll system at present and that they still need to be developed.

"The answer is astounding seeing as it means that above and beyond all the other illegal aspects as pointed out by OUTA, the e-toll system is technically non-compliant in terms of the Legal Metrology Act and therefore SANRAL cannot prove that any bills issued by them are correct and can serve as evidence in a court.

“Now that SANRAL has started to doubt the sustainability of the e-toll system, the time is ripe for the government to finally abolish the e-toll system and to settle the debt of upgrading Gauteng’s roads with a temporary levy on the petrol price,” says adv Alberts.

 

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