Leading consumer law specialist Stephen Logan said on Thursday it was unclear how the Transport Ministry will penalise motorists when failing to pay toll fees because there was no legislation in place to manage the process.
Logan’s comments follow reports that the ministry will discipline errant drivers by blocking them from renewing their licences, if they disregard the tolling process.
Logan said there was still a lengthy course of action ahead if the ministry wanted to change the laws before the e-tolls come into effect in April.
“Any legislation has to be approved both by the national parliament and the provincial parliament.”
Logan doubts the ministry will be able to meet the deadline.
“It would be an extremely fast process if they were able to do it within the 40 days.”
Meanwhile, it was reported that the City of Johannesburg has not budgeted for toll fees which could cost them up to R4 million a month.
It is unclear whether residents will have to pay for the shortfall.