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2013-06-05 10:31

MORE E-TOLL HEADACHES: The Gauteng freeway e-tolling system is yet to be approved and there are already talks of price hikes looming. Image - AP

Johannesburg - The controversial Gauteng road tolls are coming and an annual increase is looming even before the system starts operating – whether it’s liked or not.

The Department of Transport has specified how tariff increases will work in May.

It said: “The tariffs and amounts displayed in this notice may be adjusted by a determination of the minister on March 1 each year: provided that such adjustment shall not exceed the Consumer Price Index calculated for the preceding 12 months.”

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Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairman Wayne Duvenhage says the regulations will be changed to allow bigger, above-CPI, increases as it does not need to be approved by parliament.

He said: “This is what we call the thin end of the wedge. That wedge will push the door open.”

Duvenhage added that the lower tariffs did not make the administrative cost of running the contract any lower but instead “less income goes into the tarmac”.

The draft regulations were issued on May 24, with 30 days for public comment. They can be found in Government Gazette No 36479 and on Sanral and Outa websites.

Meanwhile, Sanral revealed on Tuesday that it had won the international 2013 Toll Excellence Award for Technology award for the GFIP tolling system.

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