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E-tolls opposition 'foolish' - MEC

2012-02-29 07:12

TRANSPORT'S VADI 'NOT CONCERNED': Gauteng's transport MEC is unconcerned by the continuing opposition to the province's e-tolls.

Putting Gautengs toll roads into operation should not be affected by the Democratic Alliance's opposition, transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Tuesday.

"I'm not concerned," Vadi said in Johannesburg while responding to reports of the Democratic Alliance taking the matter to court.

He said the cabinet had given enough time for public consultation and felt finance minister Pravin Gordhan should be commended for the R5.8-billion contribution to toll-road costs  to the SA National Roads Agency.

"I think we have met the public halfway. I think opposition parties are just now being foolish," Vadi said.


Government spokesman Jimmy Manyi recently said Gauteng toll-road fees were set to become a "fact of life" and the law and the government would tolerate no disobedience.
He advised freeway users in the province to go out and buy their e-tags, the use of which allowed drivers a discount on the fees charged.

"This is not just a bad dream; it's a reality, it's going to happen. Nobody should have any illusion whatsoever that this thing is going to go away," Manyi said.

With effect from April 30, 2012, motorcycles with e-tags would pay 20c/km, those without 38c.

Light motor vehicles would pay 30c and 58c respectively and non-articulated trucks 75c and R1.45.

Articulated trucks with e-tags would pay R1.51, those without R2.90.

The cost for motorcycles and light vehicles would be capped at R550 a month.


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