For whom the e-toll tolls

For whom the e-toll tolls

Sanral chief faces fierce local opposition.

Nazir Alli, outgoing CEO of SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) must be looking forward to retirement. He’s a divisive and increasingly detested man. Nobody, it seems, wants his e-tolls, which have the tell-tale signs of a solution in search of a problem.

He tried to bully and threaten the residents of Gauteng into paying for his ill-conceived e-tolls boondoggle, yet only one-in-four complied, leaving a R2.8-billion revenue shortfall in the last financial year alone. On this basis e-tolling is doomed. It has already failed in countries with much higher compliance rates, such as Portugal, where 80% of motorists pay their tolls.

The Western Cape High Court in late September threw out Alli’s plan to toll the N1 and N2 in the Winelands.

But Alli was not yet done.

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