STOP eTOLL HIGHWAY ROBBERY HOAX!
The following viral email is circulating in South Africa.
"SANRAL with assistance of the Metro Police are setting up Illegal roadblocks, to try to force people to register for E-tags – which CONSTITUTIONALLY they cannot do! Know your rights! And Leave these Roadblocks TOLL-FREE!! For the ETOLL system to work SANRAL needs 78% compliance.
Of the current estimated 985 322 vehicles passing through the gantry’s, only 1 339 (cowardly) South Africans, who DO NOT KNOW THEIR RIGHTS – have actually registered for an eTAG!
SEND THIS OUT TO EVERYONE YOU KNOW TODAY!! DO NOT SUCCUMB!!
On Tuesday of the +-900 000 cases of vehicles passing through the William Nicol plaza only +- 1300 cars were E-tag registered. Don’t be scared, they can’t force you to do anything.
If you do get pulled over in a roadblock as described above, please call the “Justice Project of South Africa” on 087 809 0399.
Alert them of the roadblock and they will send some personnel to shut the Roadblock down.
Alliance Against Urban Tolling statement at 5pm yesterday reported that of the in-situ electronic sensors confirming 985,322 vehicles passed through William Nicol gantry, only 1,339 are SANRAL registered. This is a massive setback for SANRAL!
They are being forced to send out millions of accounts, which they cannot a) pay for, or b) recoup. We are winning! Keep Resisting!
THE SYSTEM IS CLOSE TO COLLAPSING
KEEP RESISTING WITH PERSISTANCE – AND LET’S SHOW THIS GOVERNMENT HOW WE MAKE THE PEOPLE’S CHOICES – FOR THE PEOPLE, BY THE PEOPLE!!
KEEP STRONG SOUTH AFRICANS – WE LOVE YOU FOR KNOWING AND STANDING BY YOUR RIGHTS!!"
THE ABOVE VIRAL EMAIL IS A HOAX.
Comment by Justice Project South Africa
Why this particular thing is a hoax
Before we go into this, we are not inviting the morons who authored this hoax to adjust their nonsense. There are more than sufficient factual reasons why the eTolls policy and practice is flawed without resorting to making things up, which is exactly what these bright sparks have done. We suggest they find better things to do with their time - like for example making the facts that we have published go viral.
The message starts off by saying "SANRAL with assistance of the Metro Police are setting up Illegal
roadblocks, forcing people to register for E-tags."
In the more than a month that our number has gone viral, we have not received a SINGLE report of such a roadblock occurring anywhere from any affected person.
We have however received ONE report where a person claimed that this had happened to a friend of his' wife two days prior to him reporting it.
It then goes on to say "For the ETOLL system to work SANRAL needs 78% compliance"
This is untrue. The compliance required is more in the order of a minimum of 95%.
Even at 95% compliance, the National Prosecuting Authority will be left with a around 125,000 criminal prosecutions to institute and finalise each month.
South Africa's criminal justice system is simply incapable of handling such volumes.
It then goes on to say: "On Tuesday, of the +900 000 cases of vehicles passing through the
William Nicol plaza, only +1300 cars were E-tag registered."
Firstly, what day was "Tuesday"? This originally said "on the first day of eTolling".
There is no such "plaza" as the "William Nicol plaza". eTolls uses gantries, not plazas.
The gantry near William Nicol Drive on the N1 South is called the Tarentaal gantry and it is but one of 49 gantries currently in operation.
Although we do not have access to SANRAL's gantry records, it is totally implausible that "over 900,000 vehicles" would ever pass under the Tarentaal gantry on any given day since this would mean that at least 36% of reported 2.5 million vehicles stated in SANRAL's research would have driven under that particular gantry.
Anyone who claims that they know how many vehicles have eTags passing under gantries either has direct access to SANRAL's systems, has an RFID scanner capable of detecting eTags, or is simply making things up. We are almost completely certain it is the latter.
It then goes further to say: "If you do get pulled over in a roadblock as described above, please
call the “Justice Project of South Africa” on 0878090399" and "Alert them of the roadblock and they will send some personnel to shut the Roadblock down. If you can’t reach them, send an sms to
0812181368 detailing your problem."
Justice Project South Africa is a registered non-profit company. It is NOT called “Justice Project of South Africa”
We have NEVER stated that we will "send some personnel to shut the Roadblock down".
More information: http://www.jp-sa.org/