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E-mails doing the rounds about alleged Sanral roadblocks to force motorists to register for e-tags were hoaxes.

Although the bad news is that the government is still likely to push through with the controversial project despite widespread public condemnation, people should ignore chain e-mails alleging that Sanral officials were threatening motorists with severe fines in an attempt to coerce them into registering for e-tags.

Sanral advises that if anyone is stopped for any e-toll-related reason or forced to register for e-tolling at this stage, such action would be illegal and should be reported to the authorities, as the company is not carrying out any such enforcement actions.

But what is not fictitious is that the public has until tomorrow to comment on the latest government gazettes dealing with tariffs and exemptions.

These gazettes are available at www.outa.co.za should members of the public wish to comment.

MONDAY IS D-DAY

Next Monday is seen as D-day on whether the much-maligned project will go ahead.

On that day the Judicial Review of e-tolls instituted by Outa (Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance) is laid down to be heard in the High Court in Pretoria.

Last week the government held public consultations on e-tolls, which again brought to light the widespread resistance to the project.

Trade union federation Cosatu has threatened to bring e-toll roads to a standstill by public mass action on Friday, November 30. -Star Motoring


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