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'Show all' demand for 'payways'

2012-03-14 09:30

COLOUR OF MONEY: Sanral handed in account books with blacked-out pages in its 'transparent' bid to explain costs for Gauteng's 'payways'.

PRETORIA - Transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele has told the SA National Roads Agency to make public all information about the upgrading of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

"The minister's instruction follows the handing over of documents relating to the GFIP... to Cosatu {Congress of SA Trade Unions] earlier today... where certain parts of the documents were made illegible," the department said. "We have instructed the Sanral board to ensure that all relevant information pertaining to the upgrading of the GFIP Phase 1A is accessible to the public."


Tolling on Gauteng freeways is imminent on 185km of the N1, N3, N12 and R21 linking Johannesburg, Tshwane (Pretoria) and other nodes of the country's smallest province. Perhaps the name should change from 'freeways' to 'payways'.

In terms of GFIP, these roads and their interchanges had been improved and costs estimated at around R20-billion would be recouped through toll charges.

With effect from April 30, motorcycles with e-tags will pay 20c/km and those without 38c. Light motor vehicles will pay 30c (58c) and non-articulated trucks 75c (R1.45). Articulated trucks with e-tags will pay R1.51 (R2.

The monthly bill for motorcycles and light vehicles will be capped at R550 a month.

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