The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (Sanral) has announced that it will “suspend the process of pursuing e-toll debt” with “immediate effect”.
The move comes after an initiative led by President Cyril Ramaphosa regarding the addressing of e-tolls payment issues.
As part of the resolution, all historic debt and summonses applied for from 2015 will also be suspended.
This follows attempts by the Electronic Toll Collection (ETC) to approach the courts regarding roughly 1,400 default judgments against those who hadn’t paid their e-toll bills.
These judgments would result in blacklisting for those affected.
Shortly afterwards, however, the Credit Bureau Association released a statement confirming that six credit bureaus will be removing any blacklisting of those who obtained judgments in relation to their e-tolls accounts from the Sanral.
According to the statement, it has come to the attention of six credit bureaus “who hold judgment information relating to consumers” that “a number of civil court judgments obtained in relation to e-tolls/Sanral accounts were sent to the credit bureaus for loading onto consumers’ credit profiles”.
This means that the unpaid e-toll bills of those who obtained judgments will no longer reflect on their credit records.