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Collecting tolls will be costly - report

2012-04-24 08:10

Johannesburg - The income from Gauteng's tolls will mainly be spent again on collecting toll money in the next two years, according to a report on Monday.

This emerged in a reply by Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele in the National Council of Provinces following a question from the Democratic Alliance, reported The Star newspaper.

More than 70% of the Gauteng toll income will be used over the next two years to collect toll fees.

Ndebele said the Gauteng tolls should bring in R3.513bn in 2012 and 2014. In that same period, it would cost R2.543bn to collect the tolls.

 

Comments
  • Kobus - 2012-04-24 08:18

    Aint gonna happen. You'll end up spending most within the first few months on summonses alone. DONT DONT DONT buy an e-tag

  • Vaughan - 2012-04-24 08:19

    Well that makes it really easy. Don't pay and within a couple of months its going to be so expensive to run this operation it will simply need to get shut down.

      Stephen - 2012-04-24 09:34

      how are the tolls for councils & government vehicles being collected,can't get there own billings correct & for them paying there own bills in 3-4 months if you are lucky.we will be tolled twice + fines because it is our rates & taxes that will be used.another excuse for more non delivery of services.

      Belinda - 2012-04-24 09:36

      Exactly right Vaughan. What will be really expensive is to feed all in jail that did not pay at all!!! Or to keep all the vehicles safe that they confiscate. I give then 2 weeks MAX...

  • Victor - 2012-04-24 08:20

    I AM NOT BUYING ONE AND I AM NOT GOING TO USE THE HIGHWAYS AROUND JO-BURG

      skootzie - 2012-04-24 11:30

      I have 3 or more different routes I can take to get to work, none of them involving the highway, mwahahaha!

  • Alan - 2012-04-24 08:20

    BOYCOTT BOYCOTT BOYCOTT BOYCOTT E-TAGS AND E-TOLLS

  • winston.mullany - 2012-04-24 08:26

    I hope for once that South Africans stop bitching and moaning for once and actually stand together and run the government into the ground for this. Because I ain't buying an E-Tag!!!!!

  • Jason - 2012-04-24 08:36

    ANOTHER THING WE MUST FORK OUT AND PAY ( DONT FORGET IT WILL SO BE A SIN TAX ]UP EVERY YEAR BOOOO ON THE GOVERMENT

  • Zing - 2012-04-24 08:57

    Interesting. Now I'm even more determined to NOT PAY! If they're already billing for collection fees, they cannot sue you for legal costs as part of the claim. I intend to drive up from KZN so that I can get a R5 invoice, and then they can try get that R5 from me through the courts. They can only claim R5, not "plus costs". It will cost me my time, but it will be worth it. If we all do this, we will cripple this robbery. DO NOT BUY AN E-TAG! If you're a traitor and already bought an e-tag, all is not lost. REPENT, LEAVE YOUR E-TAG AT HOME!

  • Dominic - 2012-04-24 09:16

    Report says e-tolls will be costly? Any one of Gauteng's 3 Million road users could've told you that! Now we wait for the report that says money for highway upgrades would easily be covered by waste from corruption.

  • Warwick - 2012-04-24 09:19

    And to think these 'great minds' are in charge? the mind boggles.

  • swavka - 2012-04-24 09:33

    And to think that the State is panicking because if there is a delay in e-tolling they will have to pay back R19bn for the loan - it shows you what cons they are and that they lying to the public once more. Oh but wait they always lie to the public so that is nothing new.

  • Leon - 2012-04-24 09:34

    http://toxinews.blogspot.com/2012/04/sanral-from-australian-newspaper-on.html just wondering.

      Chrono - 2012-04-24 10:12

      @Leon, that makes things a lot more transparent. Same old buddies on both sides are involved here and most probably the same kind of deal with a pot of money under the table. It should be impossible to sell a local road to an overseas company. If I were an ANC bigwig I would be absolutely ashamed that I helped orchestrate a deal that sees the bulk of the profits leave South Africa, where it could have been put to obvious good uses.

  • Keith - 2012-04-24 09:42

    I am certain that the foreign company which was given the contract for collecting the toll fees will have inserted a clause ensuring them of payment of huge expenses and profit if the fees do not cover their costs. If few pay the tolls the government - meaning we taxpayers - will have to cover the shortfall. Heads, they win, Tails, we lose.

      Sean - 2012-04-24 10:12

      No Keith, we do not loose. Even if we loose this battle at least we will make the government think twice about ever trying something like this again. If we capitulate and let them win then we can be guaranteed that this type of government thuggery will become the norm. Fighting this battle may cause us pain now but it will be worth it in the long run.

      Belinda - 2012-04-24 14:21

      You are probably correct Keith. Governments (all of them) cannot (and should not) do business; and therefore is incompetent to enter into commercial transactions. If you need an example: Remember one Coleman Andrews and SAA? He got paid a huge bonus; 100% as per his contract… It’s just the Gov did not understand what they signed. And never will. They need to get the message some other way. I think?

  • Martin - 2012-04-24 10:14

    hahahaha i love the smell of cat food in the morning, dont you, retired anc cadres?

  • Dazz - 2012-04-24 11:31

    Simple proven technique: do not register and obvious do not buy, they will be forced to shut it down it has been done before and we can do it here in south africa.

  • Konstabel - 2012-04-24 15:07

    This is exactly the point! e-Tolling is exteremly uneconomical and makes no business sense at all. And it will still cost 70% of income even after 2014 unless they are planning to escalate the tolls by a huge percentage. e-Toll is a bottomless pit so the sooner it gets canned the less it will cost SA.

      George - 2012-04-24 18:38

      Guess what? They are planning to escalate the tolls, year after year after year; ONLY IF YOU LET THEM.

  • George - 2012-04-24 18:32

    Madness. Tell the judge! DO NOT REGISTER. NO E-TAG, NO PAY FOR WHAT IS ALREADY YOURS.

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