Johannesburg - The launch of the e-tolling system on April
30 must be delayed until all public concerns about it have been addressed,
Business Unity SA (Busa) said on Tuesday.
"It is disappointing that Sanral, which plans to launch
the e-tolling system on 30 April, has not fully addressed the public's
concerns. This should have been done several months ago," the organisation
said in a statement.
"Unless these serious practical problems can be
timeously resolved, Busa sincerely believes that the magnitude of challenges
facing the e-toll system in Gauteng justify delaying its implementation... to a
Busa said the new punitive tariff for motorists who do not
register for e-tolling would "have far-reaching and significant
implications for the cost of conducting business within Gauteng and throughout
The SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) gazetted the tariffs on
Friday. It described an "alternate user" as someone "who does
not have a valid and operational e-tag, is not registered with Sanral, and who
is not a day-pass user".
Alternate users would be charged R1.75/km, compared to the
standard tariff of 30c/km for registered users.
"While Busa understands the logistical challenges faced
by Sanral in ensuring the payment of e-toll fees, the regulations... are
extreme and place onerous and extensive burdens on business," it said.
"It is also of concern that there seems to be a lack of
alignment between this piece of legislation and other legislation already in
Busa said it submitted comment to the department of transport
on Monday concerning the new tariffs.
"Bearing in mind that Gauteng represents about one-third of South Africa's gross domestic product, Busa believes there are wider
national implications (to the tariffs)."
On Monday, National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala
said she would look into a complaint by the Democratic Alliance over the