Not paying your e-tolls is not a traffic infringement, but under the Administrative Adjunction of Road Traffic Offences Act (Aarto) it instead counts as disobeying a road sign.
This means that when the demerit system does come into effect, drivers risk losing one point each time they pass a gantry with an e-toll sign without paying.
Furthermore, if a driver passes 12 gantries with an e-toll sign, they would lose 12 points in one day and could have their license suspended for a year.
The DA has been against e-tolls from the onset as it is adding enormous pressure to our residents, who are already struggling to make ends meet.
The ANC-led government on several occasions rejected our objections to the e-toll system.
Had the Gauteng government listened to our objections, drivers in the province who do not have the means to pay for e-tolls would not be at risk of losing their license.
In his State of the Province Address (SOPA) earlier this year, Premier David Makhura acknowledged that e-tolls were not working and that it was impacting negatively on the lives of our residents.
We call on the Premier to speed up his engagement with President Cyril Ramaphosa on this matter and urgently provide us with feedback.
In addition, the DA calls for public hearings on the ramifications of non-payment as the public has not been informed that they are at risk of losing their driver’s license if they fail to pay their e-tolls.