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DA at crease in toll road battle

2012-01-17 06:52

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance in Gauteng has gone in to bat for road users through a complaint lodged with the National Consumer Tribunal about toll collection.

The opposition party said: "We don't believe the battle against the tolls is over even though the February implementation date has been delayed."

The DA believed the planned tolls infringed sections of the Consumer Protection Act which protected consumers from unfair, unreasonable and unjust practices because road users had to give access to bank accounts for unknown amounts to be deducted for e-tolling.

FRAUD WORRIES

There was a high possibility of error or fraud and no clarity about how incorrectly deducted amounts would be refunded.

Some of the more than 200 000 people who had allegedly already registered for e-tolling said they had not been told about administrative fees, such as a R5 charge for statements sent by post and the exclusion of certain classes such as taxis was discriminatory.

The SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) announced in 2011 that tolling was imminent on 185km of the N1, N3, N12 and R21 around Johannesburg and Tshwane. In terms of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project, these roads and their interchanges had been improved and costs estimated at around R20-billion would be recouped through toll charges.

Light motor vehicles are expected to be charged R0.40/km, medium vehicles R1/km, "longer" vehicles R2/km, and motorcyclists R0.24/km.

Qualifying commuter taxis and buses would pay nothing.

Sanral announced on Friday that e-tolling had been placed on hold. This followed a meeting on Thursday with transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele and a huge outcry that the tolls were unaffordable.

Comments
  • Fredster - 2012-01-17 11:29

    GOOD. I AM NOT GIVING ANYONE ACCESS TO MY ACCOUNT

  • Sheda - 2012-01-17 23:06

    What improvements. Who is conning who? 2 lanes that go into 1 (previously 2 into 2) 4 lanes into 3 - no emergency lanes (previously 3 into 3 with double emergency lanes). A bypass on the freeway on which you negative camber and have to SLOW to 60kmh from 120kmh. This is D a n g e r o u s and unheard of worldwide. It is a R20 billion con and they want us(sans Taxis) to pay for it. F THEM Thieves.

  • Ismael - 2012-01-20 08:44

    TO THE 200000 WHO REGISTERED , THANKS ALOT FOR SELLING US OUT TO THIS TREACHEROUS AND DECEITFUL GOVERNMENT, COSUTU ASKED FOR A BOYCOTT AND YOU GUYS WENT ALONG AND BOUGHT THESE E-TAGS , SO WE CAN BE MILKED ONCE MORE , WHEN IS THIS GOING TO EVER STOP AND WHEN IS THE PUBLIC GOING TO STAND UNITED AGAINST ALL THESE NEW LEVIES AND TAXES... CATCH A WAKE UP YOU GUYS!!!!!!

  • Alan - 2012-02-29 11:32

    Don’t buy e-tags. I am not going to let anybody deduct money from my account without proof of service. I will insist that Sanral POST all photographs of my car (with my numberplates) going through the toll gates. They cannot email them because my spam blocker won’t allow them. Then if they can get that right then maybe I will pay, (but I doubt it).

  • Sean - 2012-02-29 13:55

    The taxi's must pay their share and that should be more than a regular car. If the user pays principle applies then it definitely applies to them. They not only use the roads but use them for profit as well. Not to mention that their proffitable business does not pay much in other forms of tax like regular businesses have to.

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