Fourteen years after he deregistered his car after it was stolen, a Zululand man this week got a “funny shock” when he received an e-toll statement.
Not only was the car deregistered back in 2002 but John Harvey said he hadn’t travelled to Joburg in more than 18 months. “I was actually out of the country when the incident was logged,” he said, speaking from his Richards Bay home.
Harvey inquired with the City of uMhlathuze traffic department if the vehicle was still registered under his name.
The department confirmed that the car had been deregistered. “The officials told me the number plate wasn’t allocated to another motorist, meaning that the registration number had been cloned,” he said.
Harvey has written to the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral), to no avail.
This month a Durban family, much to their shock, received an e-toll bill for their late relative, Eileen Pinkney, 96, who died last year.
In January a Durban mother and son, who had not driven their vehicle outside Durban, were informed that they owed R460 in e-tolls.
Last month, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters conceded that there were teething problems with the electronic tolling system and ordered Sanral to fix its billing problems.