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Gauteng to debate e-toll petition

2011-11-29 08:35

The Gauteng legislature will debate a petitions committee report on the proposed highway tolling system at noon on November 29, 2011.

The Democratic Alliance, the Congress of SA Trade Unions and the SA National Civic Organisation have submitted a joint petition against the proposed tolls. It is part of a campaign to resist the tolling system which  is scheduled to come into effect in February, 2012.

42 electronic toll gates have been erected on Gauteng's N1, N3, N12, N17, R21 and R24 freeways. The tolls cover a distance of about 185km.

OUTRAGE


There was outrage when it was initially proposed that users of light motor vehicles with e-tag accounts would pay R0.49/km to use the toll roads, minibus taxi drivers R0.16/km and motorcyclists R0.30/km. Vehicles without an e-tag account would be charged R0.66/km.

The provincial cabinet later approved tariffs, agreeing that light motor vehicles would pay R0.40/km, medium vehicles R1/km, "longer" vehicles R2/km and bikers R0.24/km. Qualifying commuter taxis and buses would travel free.

There would be a 31 percent e-tag discount, a time-of-day discount and a frequent-user discount for motorcycles and light cars fitted with an e-tag.

Comments
  • shauncro - 2011-11-29 10:23

    That's brilliant, drive up our food prices in an already ailing economy! Hell, most ppl already battle to afford the things they need!

      Thabiso - 2011-11-29 13:25

      True Shaun, but then again the people behind all this have no idea how much a loaf of bread is, so the really couldn't care less how it affects Joe Public. As a results, more traffic in the back routes, if a cost is passed on to me, I will look for a new employer whom I will pass the cost to. Companies should brace themselves for an exodus of highly skilled personel or be prepared to hike up they pay scales. Results - cost cutting and job losses.

      Grant - 2011-11-29 13:42

      There is a saying that people deserve the government they get. Hopefully, people will start voting with their heads next election.

  • clayton.bezuidenhout - 2011-11-29 11:51

    If I'm right, then you'll need a device in your car to pay toll. What about the people living in other provinces who is just coming to visit and needs to use the R21?

  • Alan - 2011-11-29 14:53

    Do not buy e-tags. I am not giving any business access to deduct money from my accounts without proof of service. Make SANRAL send you each photograph by POST. They cannot email them to me due to the spam blocker on my system so I won’t get the emails. Then, if they can get that right, don’t pay anyway.

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