Justice Project SA accuses Transport Dept of foul play with e-toll amendments

It has been claimed that Transport Department is not following the proper procedure regarding the publishing of its proposed legislation.

Justice Project SA says the department has raised suspicions with a reference to unidentified legislation in a recent government publication.

According to the Justice Project SA's Howard Dembovsky, it is either the department has 'snuck through' legislation, or is making reference to law that does not exist.

If you have a look at the latest amendment which was published on the 17th of July, in Gazette number 38997. In the second paragraph the Department of Transport refers to the e-road regulations (particularly, regulation 11) in 2015 and this doesn't appear to exist and if it does it is strange that no one would know of it.

Howard Dembovsky, Justice Project SA

Tiyani Rikhiotso, Spokesperson Department of Roads and Transport, has confirmed that there has been an omission in the recent publication.

We are not hiding anything. There is an omission on the part of the department that we are more than willing to correct. The department cannot push anything through without allowing the public comment and access to information.

Tiyani Rikhiotso, Spokesperson Department of Roads and Transport

The controversial legislation could see drivers not being able to renew their car licence discs, if they haven’t paid their e-tolls bills.

South Africans have until 14 August 2015 to comment on the proposed legislation.

For more information on how to comment on the National Road Traffic Act, visit the Government publication website.

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