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E-Toll accounts illegal

November 2015

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MEDIAVERKLARING

 

                                                                  

ONDERWERP              :           VF Plus-ondersoek bevind dat alle e-tolrekeninge onwettig is

UITGEREIK DEUR       :           Adv. Anton Alberts

HOEDANIGHEID          :           VF Plus-parlementêre woordvoerder: Vervoer

DATUM                        :           2 November 2015

 

Sanral se toerusting wat by die Gautengse e-tolstelsel gebruik word, voldoen nie aan wetlike vereistes en voorskrifte nie, en alle gelde wat tot nou toe ingevorder is of ingevorder gaan word, is of word op ? onwettige wyse gedoen, sê adv. Anton Alberts, die VF Plus se parlementêre woordvoerder oor vervoer.

 

Hy sê Sanral moet eers aan die vereistes van die Wetlike Metrologiewet (Wet 9 van 2014) voldoen voordat hy geld van motoriste mag invorder.

 

Volgens adv. Alberts het hy op navraag by die Nasionale Reguleerder vir Verpligte Spesifikasies (NRVS) bevestiging gekry dat die e-tol-toerusting nooit gesertifiseer is soos die wet vereis nie. Die NRVS het ook bevestig dat daar nooit aansoek gedoen is om sertifisering nie.

 

Die oortreding van die wet kan ernstige gevolge vir die oortreder inhou en  ? maksimum vonnis van tien jaar gevangenisstraf of ? boete, of beide, kan opgelê word. In hierdie geval blyk dat verskeie aspekte van die wet oortree is, sê adv. Alberts.

 

Sanral se versuim om aan die wetsvereistes te voldoen konstateer terselfdertyd ? oortreding van vyf artikels van die Nasionale Wet op Verbruikersbeskerming.

 

Die artikels is: Artikels 40 (gewetelose optrede); 41 (vals en misleidende voorstellings); 48 (? verbod op die verskaffing van goedere of ? diens wat onregverdig en onbillik is); 49 (die weerhouding van inligting wat die verbruiker te na kom en waar die verbruiker dit nie redelikerwys kon insien nie) en; 54 (die verbruikers se reg om aan te dring op diens van ? hoë kwaliteit).

 

Adv. Alberts sê die VF Plus het vandag ? klag ingedien by die Verbruikerskommissie.

 

Hy sê die VF Plus vra die Verbruikerskommissie om ? beslissing te maak dat alle rekeninge onwettig verklaar word tot tyd en wyl die spesifikasies van Sanral se e-tol-toerusting die goedkeuring van die NRVS wegdra.

 

? Bevinding moet ook gemaak word dat Sanral alle gelde wat reeds aan e-tol betaal is, aan die verbruikers terugbetaal.

 

“Dit is van die grootste belang dat hierdie saak, wat tienduisende padgebruikers en die land se totale ekonomie direk raak, so gou moontlik opgeklaar word en dat dringende regstellende stappe geneem word.

 

Die VF Plus versoek ook die Verbruikerskommissie om ? bevel by die Verbruikerstribunaal hieroor te kry indien nodig,” sê adv. Alberts.

 

  • Die volledige brief aan die Verbruikerskommissie volg aan die onderkant van hierdie e-pos.

 


 

MEDIA STATEMENT

 

SUBJECT                :           FF Plus investigation finds that all e-toll accounts are illegal

ISSUED BY              :           Adv. Anton Alberts

CAPACITY               :           FF Plus parliamentary spokesperson: Transport

DATE                       :           2 November 2015

 

Sanral’s equipment being used by the Gauteng e-toll system does not meet legal requirements and regulations and all money collected to date or will be collected, is or will be done in an illegal manner, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Transport says.

 

He said Sanral first has to meet the requirements as set out in the Legal Metrology Act, 9 of 2014 before it may collect fees from motorists.

 

According to Adv. Alberts received confirmation from the National Regulator for Compulsory Specifications (NRCS) that the e-toll equipment had never been certified as required by the Act. The NRCS also confirmed that there was never an application for certification.

 

The contravention of the Act could have serious implications for the contravening body and a maximum sentence of ten year imprisonment or a fine, or both, could be imposed. In this case it appears that various aspects of the Act were contravened, Adv. Alberts says.

 

Sanral’s failure to adhere to the legal requirements at the same time also constitutes a contravention of five Sections of the National Consumer Protection Act.

 

The Sections include: Section 40 (unconscionable conduct); Section 41(false, misleading or deceptive representations); Section 48 (unfair, unreasonable or unjust contract terms); Section 49 (notice required for certain terms and conditions) and Section 54 (consumer’s right to safe, good quality goods).

 

Adv. Alberts says the FF Plus today submitted a complaint with the Consumer Commission.

 

He said the FF Plus had asked the Consumer Commission to make a ruling that all accounts are declared illegal until such time and while the specifications of Sanral’s e-toll equipment is granted approval by the NRCS.

 

A finding must also be made that Sanral reimburses all consumers for funds which have been paid for e-tolls to date.

 

“It is of the greatest importance that this case, which directly affects ten thousands of motorists and the country’s economy as a whole, is cleared as quickly as possible and that urgent corrective steps are taken.

 

The FF Plus also requested the Consumer Commission to obtain a finding about the matter from the Consumer Tribunal, if necessary,” Adv. Alberts said.

 

The letter to the Consumer Protection Commission follows below.

 

 


Article Source : Freedom Front
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