Corporate businesses and individuals that neglect settling e-toll bills should prepare themselves to be greeted by a sheriff issuing civil summons for outstanding debt!
In a recent development of the long-winded e-toll saga, the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) has issued a formal statement announcing that civil summons for outstanding debt will be issued to debtors, served by sheriffs in various jurisdictions of Gauteng. The reality of this announcement is an immense blow to all concerned; more especially if your company depends on or offers driver services.
As a quick recap, e-tolls were introduced as a means by government to finance the R20 billion highway upgrade project, conducted ahead of the 2010 World Cup.
In November 2015, SANRAL offered the public reprieve in the form of a 60% discount. However, it did little to console the public or encourage the settling of unpaid debts. Which brings us to the current development, whereby SANRAL is retaliating by issuing civil summons to “serial defaulters”.
The issuing of civil summons mostly targets but not limited to corporate giants owing hefty amounts. However, anti-e-toll ringleader, Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), notes that it is only companies and individuals who initially signed agreements with SANRAL yet defaulted on payments, who are liable to concede to the summons.
Nonetheless, the e-toll saga affects the South African public at large. In particular, owners of a driver agency will feel the pressure of the summons. In a bid to settle e-toll accounts, driver rates are likely to significantly increase.
What’s more, the availability of driver jobs may potentially decrease, in an effort to reduce expenditure. However, this is not to say that driver services will become obsolete – the driver agency industry still has target market needs that require continuous fulfilling.
The e-toll saga may be filled with many doom and gloom moments, but driver services will find solutions to remain afloat, even in such trying economic times.
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