DA calls for fuel levy instead of e-tolls

DA calls for fuel levy instead of e-tolls

2015-03-04 13:10

Johannesburg - The DA on Wednesday called for a fuel levy to pay for roads, instead of e-tolls, during a protest outside Gauteng premier David Makhura's office.

"We do want to pay for them [the roads] by a dedicated, ring-fenced national fuel levy," the party's spokesperson for roads and transport Neil Campbell said during a picket by about 100 DA supporters in Simmonds Street, central Johannesburg.

READ: Makhura urged to call e-tolls referendum

He asked who was getting rich from the e-tolls.

"We reject the e-tolls with the contempt they deserve."

He said because of apartheid-era spacial planning, the poor were paying the most for transport.

Makhura's suggestion of a hybrid system would increase in cost year after a year, he said.

DA provincial chairperson Solly Msimanga compared the relationship between Gauteng's residents and the e-toll system to the relationship between a battered wife and her partner.

The abuse, by the government and its e-toll system, started slowly, but people would continue to accept it, even if it got worse.

He said the premier was not listening to what the province's people wanted.

"Instead of listening to us they're doing what the previous government did to us," he said.

"This is an unwanted way of collecting money for the roads."

The DA called for Makhura to hold a referendum on the system.

  • Richard Frederick Jarvis - 2015-03-04 13:16

    I agree with the DA, as Zuma said "I didn't ask for it, why must I pay?"

      Made Inthe-South - 2015-03-04 13:22

      The arms deal,E-tolls and the coming Russian nuclear deal have something in common.It is how ZANC is making their money.Politicians take their cut,10%[or thereabouts] goes to ZANC as a party.The only way to stop it,is to not pay for it.Let the system collapse,otherwise you will pay forever

      Noah Noah - 2015-03-04 13:32

      but we already pay a fuel levy for road maintenance,in fact it will be going up by 80c a litre !

      Made Inthe-South - 2015-03-04 13:37

      @Noah.The 85 CENTS is for the Road Accident Fund,but there is an existing fuel levy allocated to Scamrail

      Sean Murphy - 2015-03-05 11:23

      We already pay a massive fuel levy for road maintenance, but only about one quarter of that money gets spent on roads. The fuel levy must be ring fenced and when all of it is being spent as intended then we can talk about a new levy. Anything else amounts to unjust taxation.

  • Made Inthe-South - 2015-03-04 13:20

    Before Nene's raise in the fuel levy,there was already a R2,25 FUEL LEVY specifically allocated for Scamrail for road maintenance.Not ring fenced,which means it can be used for other purposes like grants

      Andisiwe Mbanjwa - 2015-03-04 14:04

      Scamral.. Lol. Nice one... Lol

  • Todays Realist - 2015-03-04 13:30

    It makes no difference how you get screwed, it is just the extent of the variable of screwing! Toll roads in the rest of the country must also be scrapped if the fuel levy is to be used solely to fund roads. I don’t think so! Those who use the roads are simply required to pay for decent roads. What difference will it make which method is used? The barrier type toll road forces you to stop to pay and is a time waster. The e-toll system is less of a time waster on the road. All that needs to be done is a few prosecutions for not paying e-tolls and the brave defiant motorist will learn to "pay as you go". Tax is Tax, get used to paying through the nose for not being poor!

      Made Inthe-South - 2015-03-04 13:44

      The poor also pay through the cost of food increasing.And they pay through the loss of jobs.So pay your e-dompas,you will be one of the few milkcows

      Jean Joubert - 2015-05-20 16:04

      It is immoral to burden two million Gauteng road users with another layer of redtape whereby each of those two million persons must register for e-tolls, track their road usage and check their bills for accuracy on a montly basis when the vastly simpler fuel levy or tax system mechanism is already in place. I want to pay for good roads but not through an immoral and very dumb burdensome system. This administrative burden on two million individuals is the most fundamental reason to oppose e-tolls but one almost never hears this reason advanced. It is a more fundamental reason than price, potential for corruption with e-toll system, foreign contractors, etc.

  • Paul Johnston - 2015-03-04 13:34

    The DA are ONE TOOTHLESS PARTY!!!! What have they done with the spy tapes after fighting for years to get their hands on them!!!!

      Made Inthe-South - 2015-03-04 13:48

      Ok,let me answer you on that,since you are not very well informed.They are waiting for a court date for a review application regarding the 783 charges against Zuma783 that were dropped by Mokotedi Mpshe.The spytapes will be used in the review application.They are trying to speed up the court date,but it is up to the courts to give a date

  • Michael Ernest Meder - 2015-03-04 13:48

    The fuel levy is a national levy, ie set at the same level nationwide. Is the DA now advocating a departure from this principle? If not, then people in the other provinces are going to contribute to Jo'burg roads. I certainly reject this. The DA need to be very careful with what they advocating as they could alienate many of their supporters in other provinces.

      Made Inthe-South - 2015-03-04 13:55

      There is an already existing fuel levy allocated to Scamrail.R2,25 for every litre of fuel sold,that must earn the government billions annually

      WollieVerstege - 2015-03-04 15:24

      As long as you reject all the money being pumped into the rest of SA by Gauteng. Many of the roads you drive on all over the country was probably also paid for by taxes from Gauteng. I am a capey and I support a fuel levy.

      James Bergwerff - 2015-03-04 15:37

      I fully agree with you , but fact is Public Transport eg; Taxis etc are exempt E-tolls , REALLY DO NOT THINK THEY WILL NOW SAY YES TO ANOTHER FUEL LEVY . Dont think the DA has thought this through properly .

  • Andisiwe Mbanjwa - 2015-03-04 14:02

    Really, so the entire country is going to pay for Johannesburg roads or are they going to increase the fuel levy in Johannesburg only? The DA is good at spotting problems... But they suck at coming up with solutions.

      Lee Engelbrecht - 2015-03-04 14:15

      Andisiwe only JHb will be paying but Durban they already started. they just waiting for JHB to get the all clear.

      Dane Cresswell - 2015-03-04 14:24

      The DA proposed a 'ring fenced fuel levy' as stated in the article in line 4&5.

      Beatrix Rode - 2015-05-20 16:33

      Gauteng is the economic hub of SA and most of the big trucks using our roads comes from Durban and Cape Town - why then only burden them with a fuel levy. As far as I know - their will also be a toll system implemented in CT - use this national fuel levy to subsidized all the roads in SA!! E-toll does not make sense - all the paper work, a huge building that has been build for e-toll collection and an overseas company that laugh all the way to the bank. I think this is reasons enough for implementing a fuel levy. The system is already in place so will cost the people off SA not as much as e-toll!!

  • Biker_SA - 2015-03-04 15:40

    fuel levy has already been increased we are not paying anything extra

  • Mark Crozier - 2015-03-04 15:40

    Please chaps, let's get real. They want us to eat the fuel levy AND the e-tolls. The fuel levy is used for anything BUT fixing roads. It is just another 'slush fund' for the sticky fingered thieves at the highest levels of govt!

      Michael Ernest Meder - 2015-03-04 20:20

      The fuel levy was never ring fenced to apply to road repair only! It was originally meant to pay for under/over recoveries on fuel pricing, but then generally morphed into a revenue collection tool. Now you want to increase it in terms of "any discretionary application" - where is it all going to end? What happens when ETolls are introduced in the Cape - will Jo'burg residents be happy to contribute towards the cost is another fuel levy hike? The user pays principle is then destroyed.

  • catcha.wakeup - 2015-03-04 22:22

    We pay when Jakob Nkandla pays.

  • King Shaimus Morwanza - 2015-03-04 22:46

    Remove e - tolls. ..they are just a waste of money and time. No one pays that thing..it's like a stupid light that is used to steal our money

      catcha.wakeup - 2015-03-04 23:15

      We waited 21 years for justice and freedom from the communists. 2016 is nearly here.

  • Surfafrica - 2015-05-20 16:11

    I live in the ECape and drive on shockingly potholed roads daily, and now pay more fuel levy for Gauteng highways? Not a fair solution to me.

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