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Cabinet will consider toll alternatives

2012-06-21 16:10

Johannesburg - Cabinet will consider proposed alternatives to e-tolling, government and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Thursday.

They two camps said in a joint statement they would continue to consult on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

The statement was issued after a meeting in Pretoria between Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe and Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage.

Outa and government agreed on the need for roads that would serve the economy, the need for users to pay for road improvements, and the importance of decongestion and more efficient public transport.

"A key area of difference... was e-tolling as a mechanism for decongestion and funding of road infrastructure," they said.

Outa wants a fuel levy to be used to fund freeway improvements, in view of Gauteng's economic importance.

Government stressed the need for users to pay for upgraded roads and the importance of combating road congestion.

Government highlighted the range of improvements to public transport in Gauteng, as well as the R550-a-month cap on GFIP toll fees.

"Deputy President Motlanthe welcomed Outa's engagement with government and undertook that cabinet would consider Outa's proposals on alternatives through future consultations," the statement said.

Comments
  • Serame - 2012-06-21 16:23

    Good..

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-06-21 16:31

    This is just stupid!!! So now we are just going to pay double for fuel!!! What the hell man. I am not against the tolls, what I am against is how high the price for tolls was. Why do they need to make the money back as quickly as possible??????? What about 10 maybe 20c per km? Or even less, they will still make money back just not instantly like they want. I am not sure if these Outa guys know what they are doing.

      berni.venter - 2012-06-21 17:01

      Peterjeff. I hear you, however now all those trucks from all over the country will also be contributing to the roads which they are ultimately ripping to shreds. Not to mention the vehicles not registered in Gauteng. OUTA at least got the bullying tactics and intimidation stopped! The courts stopping the implementation was a turning point for South Africa. We showed government that they cannot do as they please. Next in line for a good hiding are the municipalities!

      konstabel.koekemoer - 2012-06-22 09:28

      Your comment makes no sense at all. Firstly how will a fuel levy of a couple cents double the cost fuel when the price is over R10! Secondly, lowering the tolls will mean that they will need to subsidise the toll collection mechanism as 10c or 20c will not even recover the cost of collection. So you will pay a fuel levy for toll collection subsidy and another fuel levy to pay for the actual road improvements AND you will pay tolls. The whole debate is about the huge cost of collecting money through tolls.

  • berni.venter - 2012-06-21 16:56

    Amandla! Power to the people!!!

  • Florence - 2012-06-21 19:49

    I am still 100 percent anti etolling system. I am paying enough for our roads hence Fikile Mbalula hv enough funds to source Beyonce's butt...

  • Barry - 2012-06-22 07:50

    When will the governmemnt realise this situation is an indication of their loss of relevence and credibility? Fact - The Government has squandered and misappropriated the public's funds from over-taxation. Fact -The petrol buying public have paid more than enough for road infrastructure development and 3rd party insurance. SOLUTION - Government start serving your people, providing secure borders, infrastructure (water, electricity, health, education, housing, transport) and personal safety. Those are the basics to get right, not cadre deployment, not self enrichment, corruption and abuse of power. Question - What proven mandate has OUTA been given to represent the South African public and make decisions on our behalf? I'm not interested in deals & compromise, I'm interested in government waking up and doing their job of serving all South Africans and creating an environment of a better life for all as promised.

  • philip.potgieter.56 - 2012-06-25 10:17

    Make it fare, charge me 5 to 10 sent a KM (congestion charge) and add 5 to 10 sent to the fuel price (road Upgrades and manitenence)then everyone contributes, and pay of the loan in 10 to 20 years not 3 to 5 years, that would make everyone happier and it is a good compromise between all parties. Caping the toll at R550 is a 1/3 of Minimum wage!!? a third of what some south africans have to live of each month so it is actually a lot of money. We all use the high directly (work) or in-directly (food, etc) and only making 1 group pay for everything again is un-fair.

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