Outa: Public rejects e-tolls

2012-11-15 19:38

Johannesburg - Public meetings on Gauteng's e-tolls indicated the public was against the system, the Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said on Thursday.

"Despite efforts by the department of transport to focus on discussing the proposed tariffs and exemptions at meetings, many expressed sheer anger at the lack of initial consultation," the organisation said in a statement.

Last month, the government and the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced new tariffs for e-tolling the freeways.

The announcement, made on October 26, marked the beginning of a 30-day public consultation process, after which Transport Minister Ben Martins would have a fortnight to "apply his mind, followed by another fortnight to gazette the tariffs.

The government should initially have been more open and accommodating in seeking public and business opinion, Outa said.

"Government should not be surprised by the uproar and backlash they are receiving from the public, who find it illogical to discuss tariffs they do not have confidence or support for in the first place."

There was a growing chorus and call by the public to simply not participate in e-tolls.

"We have been saying that the lack of public participation by the public in this irrational scheme will ultimately become Sanral's biggest hurdle and will make the system unworkable."

  • hilda.macarthur - 2012-11-15 19:53

    Not one comment?! I guess all have moved on and forgot about this. It's coming, and these people fighting this battle, need our support. It is going to cost you much more than your precious christmas shopping.

  • aspruyt - 2012-11-15 20:22

    Keep up the good work OUTA!

  • SarelJBotha - 2012-11-15 20:36

    I strictly reserve my common law right to travel without charge and without hindrance on the roads and highways of the geographical area know as South Africa. The court who tries to remove this most basic of rights will be acting unlawfully and will be responded to as outlaws.

  • stanley.langa.7 - 2012-11-15 20:36

    In general & in my opinion, most law abiding citizens would simply fold and accept the "penalties" which are diplomatically enforced by the "regulators". There was lack of consultation indeed but regardless, "government" will make it happen as long as someone is getting piece of the pie. If we flip the coin: how has OUTA benefited from this contest in legal admin & litigation to date?

  • warwick.railton.7 - 2012-11-16 07:26

    Don't get tagged, be part of the GOOD fightback. Evil deeds go ahead when good people do nothing. Etolling is corrupt, stupid, unfair and will fail. Well done OUTA, we have your back. After we burn sanral, we want to jail Alli and Van Niekerk for conspiracy in economic sabotage........if I ever get my paws on you........... Bottom line sanral, I will not play ball with you clowns.

      colingkearns - 2012-11-16 08:01

      Burn the jungle gyms!

  • dnettmann - 2012-11-16 14:22

    E tolls...i love the idea. I'm tired of paying taxes and levies for services i don't use. I'm all for the pay if you use the service concept. This is hoepfully the first of many initiatives. For once the powers at be will have to take note when i decide not to use their pathetic services. they will finally be held accountable. the fact that i am the only person who is pro toll makes me think its a good idea...the majority of SA vote for the ANC, and they're clearly making a mistake.

  • roger.wardsmith - 2012-11-17 16:32

    South Africans are such PUSSIES - always complying with any crap the ANC throws at them - YOU DESERVE TO TO GET SCREWED Do not register - wait for the bill via post and contest it. WAKE UP and sign the petition : SUPPORT OUTA's petition :

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