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Business urges delay to start of e-tolls

2012-04-17 13:06

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 later date."

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 country".

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 existence."

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 punitive rate.

 

Comments
  • Kobus - 2012-04-17 13:16

    I wonder how much copper cable are installed at these somali toll pirate constructions?

      Thinkertank - 2012-04-17 13:38

      Busa please stop hastling yourselves gauteng motorists are never going to buy e-tags or ever pay toll fees.punitive amounts can be whatever they want to make them,as no money will ever be payed to sanral EVER

      Marion - 2012-04-17 13:40

      @Kobus - stop wondering and get the rumour going even if it's untrue. :-))

      Reshan - 2012-04-17 14:03

      They used fibre to link the network but I'm told the material used in fibre makes very nice beads...

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-17 14:42

      Let's rely on our copper thieves to find out.

      CharlesDumbwin - 2012-04-17 14:45

      Reshan - Aren't the fibre cables made from rhino horn?

      delahvonne - 2012-04-25 21:04

      I truly hope we find out soon. That is thief's I would support all the way!!!

  • Belinda - 2012-04-17 13:22

    Maybe we should let the government just continue.... The toll roads may still turn out to be their Albatross????

  • QuintSch - 2012-04-17 13:22

    Not delayed. Scrapped altogether.

      Alan - 2012-04-17 14:02

      I second that!

      Belinda - 2012-04-17 15:31

      How about turning FreeDOM day to FreeROADs day?

  • Anakin - 2012-04-17 13:40

    OUTA [ Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance] calculations : E-Toll vs. Petrol Levy: http://www.outa.co.za/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/Calculations-on-E-Tolling-vs-Fuel-Levy-Model-3.pdf

  • Carry - 2012-04-17 13:42

    THE TOLL ROADS MUST BE DELAYED PERMANENTLY.

      Chien-Teng - 2012-04-17 14:08

      We shouldn't be tolled on the existing road anyway... its is not new roads that they have built? They are doing what was supposed to be done, ROAD MAINTENANCE! Putting up new concrete barriers and redraw the lanes do not constitute as building new roads!

  • Vusi - 2012-04-17 13:46

    http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/hotspot-gantries-charge-up-to-r6-50-1.1277473

  • Unathi A Sigabi - 2012-04-17 13:46

    What happened to Batopele principle Mr Government? Why is our voice falling on deaf ears? We are not happy about this E - Toll System..

      Sibongile - 2012-04-17 13:55

      Maybe we shouldn't vote for them in the coming elections

      Sheik - 2012-04-17 14:11

      Can't wait for an election after the people in need have been sent their black listing orders for debit owing to Sanral. Government will scrape the tolls to their advantage, a week before an election, but they'll never see two thirds support again or before Jesus comes.

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-17 14:44

      What a splendid idea. Let's vote...DA!

  • dewalds3 - 2012-04-17 13:47

    I have been waiting for the 30th April with such anticipation.... Haveactually been waiting for a number of years to see what happens when the ANC's arrogance, nepotism and corruption nepotism becomes just one too much for the man on the street. Do they have to delay? - the suspense is going to kill me!

      Jay - 2012-04-18 01:55

      On the 30th April, the TOLL ROADS will be EMPTY. Just watch, it will seem like Christmas Day - No Traffic Can You Imagine?

      Michael - 2012-04-18 08:08

      @Jay Except for the taxi's that dont pay tax, and dont/wont have to pay toll fees either.

  • Victor - 2012-04-17 13:48

    What about someone copying your number plate ??????

  • Gerald - 2012-04-17 13:49

    Sanral can delay the implementation until 30th February

      Alan - 2012-04-17 14:03

      haha Good one!

      George - 2012-04-17 17:23

      you left out the year; 9999

      Jay - 2012-04-18 01:13

      EISH, They will have to CAW CUSS first.

  • Leon - 2012-04-17 13:49

    http://mg.co.za/article/2008-09-16-gautengs-new-number-plates-delayed-till-2009 Just wondering...

  • vmeiring1 - 2012-04-17 13:49

    We should just stand together and not register and not pay.....

  • Adrian - 2012-04-17 14:04

    SCAMRAL can kiss my TOLLGATE

      Alan - 2012-04-17 14:15

      ScamAll

      Jay - 2012-04-18 01:57

      Make Bumper Stickers reading : SCAMRAL can KISS my TOLLGATE.

  • Chien-Teng - 2012-04-17 14:06

    The kind of reactions that we are getting from SANRAL press releases and radio interviews just show you how much they are hiding... whatever happened to transparency? And why are they keep on insisting the e-tolling is a better option? Why... paying more on admin fees will work for them? Please... someone is going to benefit from it and selected SANRAL staff and some politicians and other pro-ANC companies stand to coin it! Besides, a lot of the roads haven't completed its construction and R21 South has these patches of scrapped up/unpaved lanes... and we are being told to start paying to be bounced around in our cars?

      Gert - 2012-04-17 14:52

      On the N12 west before the voortrek rd off-ramp a retaining wall shows what looks like a few cracks--maybe the road there will become real bumpy when you have to drive over rubble from a disaster.

  • Morné - 2012-04-17 14:14

    There we go keep on with this guys we will get them to see our point. Don't register !!!!!!!!

      Alan - 2012-04-17 14:18

      What - how will Nazir Ali Baba feed his 40 ...?

  • Adam - 2012-04-17 14:23

    Sanral is a private company, why is the director general of the treasury interfering?

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-17 14:38

      Because methinks they have invested in Sanral bigtime, and now everybody's starting to panick.

      Martin - 2012-04-17 14:59

      cos the anc used a whole wack of their cadres retirement fund cash in the highways...let em starve

      Alan - 2012-04-17 15:35

      Sanral is a State Puppet Co. Main contributor to State Pensions and Cosatu Investments.

  • Dani - 2012-04-17 14:23

    pffft.. postponing? how bout destroying it completely? buy etags? get tagged? NO. NEVER. IN YOUR FACE. .I..

  • Andrew - 2012-04-17 14:28

    Not going to happen!! This is a case of a state enterprise wielding the big stick to show who is in charge. The government is also backing them and have forgotten who put them in office. Deaf ears make for bad listeners.

      Jay - 2012-04-18 01:10

      Hi Andrew, Correction Sorry, DOF PEERS MAKE FOR BAD LEADERS..... I Rest My case

  • raymond.kok3 - 2012-04-17 14:32

    simple solution remove your number plate on 1st of May i will be dammed if they can ticket everybody or at least stop everybody , please people lets fight this highway robbers and show them a lesson

  • Henk - 2012-04-17 14:35

    seems to me we are back at the days of the so called "pas wette"

  • stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-17 14:35

    That's what I suggested yesterday; my comment was removed by News24. At least postpone until you have all your ducks in a row. What we see now, is one kneejerk reaction after the other.

      Alan - 2012-04-17 15:16

      They have a habit of deleting comments that don't exactly agree with the 'party line'. Like the AA advising motorists not to register or get tagged until the court case has been heard ... that gets deleted every time without fail.

  • Sean - 2012-04-17 15:10

    Something else came to mind today. SANRAL say that unregistered users will have to pay within 7 days or pay the higher penalty fees. Does this mean that SANRAL will be billing each user every day? I doubt they will be able to send out a bill to 4 million people once a month. Every DAY, never. They go from one stupid solution to the next.

      Jay - 2012-04-17 15:26

      Hi Sean, BTW, do I need to buy an E Tag if I REFUSE to use the Freeways? I am deciding to to re-register my car in Louis Trichardt. Surely I can be exempt from these huge Toll Fees? WE AS SOUTH AFRICAN TAX PAYERS HAVE FINALLY GOT AN OPPORTUNITY TO SHOW THEM AND THE WORLD - WHO HAS THE POWER - DO NOT BUY AN E TAG. LET SANRAL SPEND MILLIONS IN PAPERWORK AND FINES AND PROCESSES. UNTIL THE AUSTRIAN AND SWEDISH COMPANIES WITHDRAW FROM THIS FIASCO. UNTIL WE SEE WHO THE STAKEHOLDERS ARE AND WHAT THEY ARE TO EARN & GAIN. I Rest My Case.

  • erick.mamba - 2012-04-17 15:19

    We have expressed our dissatisfaction about the e-toll,delaying the implementation date will not change how we feel about it...So please NO MORE MEDIA COVERAGE for this project please...

  • Riad - 2012-04-17 15:33

    Shhhhhh……..I think I hear Vavi in the hall way cutting a deal with “SCAMRAL” hence COSATU is so quite about this matter from also being the most vocal organisation that was ready to mobilise its forces to create mayhem. What is the conspiracy theorist take on this, Vavi for next ANC president come Manaung?

      Alan - 2012-04-17 15:36

      it never rains - it Showers...

      Alan - 2012-04-17 15:44

      Vavi has so much egg on his face after it emerged how Cosatu benefitted as well. Just when we were starting to like Vavi for seemingly taking a stand against corruption . .. pow... he turned out to be no different from the rest. Anybody got a spare pair for Vavi?

  • Wanda - 2012-04-17 16:55

    Dear News24\r\nCould you please pass all our outcry to the culprit's who, did approve this malicious E tolling

  • George - 2012-04-17 17:22

    Not impressed. Only at 5 to midnight does BUSA wake up and realizes the people are not going to stand for extortion and racketeering. There is no BU in SA. You had your chance to do the right thing but did zot. Credibility 0. DO NOT REGISTER. NO E-TOLL NO PAY FOR WHAT IS YOURS ALREADY.

      Zing - 2012-04-17 21:20

      They did the right thing by waiting till the last minute. This causes the biggest disturbance just as SANRAL want to launch! The DA and FF+ and AA are all planning to take SANRAL to court in the near future. This will further delay the launch. Once SANRAL start sending out invoices, and people refuse to pay, a few smart lawyers will step forward and handle the case on behalf of the people. We each donate a R100 and get R10mill worth of law thrown at SANRAL. I can't wait! DON'T BUY AN E-TAG!

  • Valerie - 2012-04-17 17:37

    Don't touch me on my Tollgate

  • Peter - 2012-04-18 08:26

    Looking at e-tolling from, for now safe distance in CT, it really seems as most feel ripped off. There is also a massive underlying discontent building-up with government, financial mismanagement of state/public funds, lack of services, corruption, and the unspoken taboo of whites or the business sector being unfairly scapegoat. E-tolling just might become the trigger for a new groundswell of civil disobedience for all the other problems and the increasing lack of nation building.

  • Johanna - 2012-04-19 11:43

    I think Sanral needs to be very careful how they step next as there are people and underground movements in the making that are prepared to take more dramatic steps and not be afraid to escalate things. Clearly, all other rational, legal and diplomatic avenues are failing fast and history has taught us (especially South African history) that when the majority of the people are ignored they will revolt and they will take back what is rightfully theirs. In this case we are being robbed blind and being betrayed by the very same people we fought for during the struggle and when you start messing with our hard earned money that we desperately need to keep our families fed, housed, clothed and in school then you are bound to get a revolt on your hands that will lead to your removal from power. "You can fool some of the people some of the time but not all of the people all of the time"

  • Marrio - 2012-04-19 20:48

    Freshly coined word:E-Toll(ed) - Its like a "can't believe" even, that moment when you get up in the morning to find your neighbour has dug up a trench in the street across your driveway claiming its a speed bump to protect your safety. For YEARS to come it leaves you sitting, holding your head between your hands thinking: Dam did he really do that, is that legal!!! (You have been e-tolled!!!) E-Tag(ged) - Lets say you paid me a fee based on an agreement (like Patrol levy), then lets say I grabbed your wallet and take some more of your hard earned cash and just before returning your wallet, I use my finger to block off one nostril and forcefully blow through the other so that mucus hits you right between the eyes, just so you reassured I dont give a F#!. (You have been E-Tagged!!!)

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