Roads agency Sanral and Electronic Toll Collections (ETC) have budgeted to spend R473,2m on communicating with e-toll account holders and transgressors, says the Democratic Alliance, which has a copy the contract between the two companies.
The total cost of communications for a transaction clearance house, responsible for the hosting and accuracy of all e-toll accounts is R92,6m, while the cost of communications for a violations processing centre, which will ensure recovery of e-toll fees owed, is R380,6m, says shadow transport minister Ian Ollis.
“The DA believes that the provisional costs of communication add to growing proof of how expensive it will be to operate e-tolls in Gauteng,” Ollis says.
The increased spending by the violations processing centre forewarns of the struggle to track down transgressors and will result in both increased operating costs and fewer fees being recovered.
According to Ollis, the transaction clearance house costs breakdown shows R20m will be spent sending SMSes; R600 000 for e-mail; R40m for calls to cellular phones; R25m for calls to landlines; R4m for faxes; and R3m for letters.
The violations processing centre costs are R80m for SMS; R600 000 for e-mail; R175m for calls to cellular phones; R100m for calls to landlines; R15m for faxes; and R10m for letters.
Ollis says the DA will continue searching through the voluminous contract to determine what Sanral’s financial obligations to ETC are, how transgressors will be prosecuted and what options are available to stop the e-tolls. — (c) 2013 NewsCentral Media