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RFA welcomes lower toll tariffs

2012-11-01 07:59

Johannesburg - The Road Freight Association (RFA) has welcomed the reduction of the e-toll tariffs for Gauteng's freeways.

Spokesperson Gavin Kelly said on Wednesday the RFA's support was based on current costs and the introduction of an independent regulator.

"We still maintain that the administration cost in respect of collection and our internal administration could have been avoided if fuel levies were utilised and earmarked to fund the upgrades of freeways," he said.

"However with escalating fuel prices, the current discounted e-toll tariff structure will have a lesser cost impact on operators and ultimately the least cost impact on CPI (consumer price index) and the man in the street."

The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Friday that e-tolling would cost motorists with e-tags 30c/km. This was a reduction from the 40c/km decided on last year.

The e-tag tariff for motorcycles had also been dropped from 24c/km to 18c/km, for medium heavy vehicles (Class B) from R1/km to 75c/km, and heavy vehicles (Class C) from R2/km to R1.50/km.

Kelly said the RFA will still concerned over the methods used by Sanral to collect the tolls.

"The RFA is also concerned that the proposal to allow Sanral to operate outside of the National Credit Act may create further complications when measures are instituted to recoup or collect owed tolls," he said.

"We have also clearly stated that our support of the GFIP (Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project) does not equate to a blanket approval of any other toll project."

Despite Friday's announcement, the court review of the e-toll system was set for November 26.

Last month, the Constitutional Court overturned an interim order which had put a hold to the Gauteng e-tolling project.

On April 28 the High Court in Pretoria granted the interdict, ruling that a full review needed to be carried out before electronic tolling could be put into effect.

The interdict prevented Sanral from levying or collecting e-tolls pending the outcome of the review.

Sanral and National Treasury appealed against the order, and said the delays prevented recouping the payment incurred in building the freeways and gantries.

Comments
  • andre.vaneeden.14 - 2012-11-01 08:42

    still not registering

  • peter.jefferies.90 - 2012-11-01 08:47

    I wonder how much the RFA was paid by SANRAL to say this!

      hamish.drake1 - 2012-11-01 09:27

      I thought exactly. Nice little discount perhaps

  • gerald.parker.3956 - 2012-11-01 09:03

    According to the Consummer Protection Act the retail price NOT the discounted Price must be shown and SANRAL only give the discounted price.

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-01 09:25

      Scamral is the same us the rest of the government thief's.

  • alan.jerrold - 2012-11-01 09:10

    Yes, great, RFA. Then watch the toll fees double and redouble. Don't trust Scamral. They concluded a dodgy, non-transparent deal with an overseas company previously involved in the Armsgate scam. If very few people buy e-tags, the admin problems of collecting money will keep Scamral in the red. Do NOT give Scamral your banking details. Rather walk round Hillbrow on Saturday night waving handfuls of R200 notes. That would be far safer.

  • afrikeni - 2012-11-01 09:22

    RFA is just the middle MAN, so technically they are not affected - they just add to the cost of transport. Ya, we have an independent regulator for ESKOM, they just rubber stamp the increase, so why point to it as if it adds any value to the final consumer.

  • charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-01 09:23

    The Road Freight Association is just another puppet of the useless zuma cANCer government. They do not even have a truck on there name. Go and make noise in your own zoo!!!!

  • arthur.hugh - 2012-11-01 09:49

    Haahahaha! Who cares? Nobody is going to pay, and the rest won't use the road. You're going to go bankrupt, you corrupt bunch of chops.

      afrikeni - 2012-11-01 10:17

      No they wont, come next budget a single line will be added that SANRAL has been given a small help of R5billion. This animal is going to drain the fiscus until AMEN!!

  • arthur.salvado - 2012-11-01 11:51

    Bunch of turkeys. I want to see then collecting fees from non registered drivers. I will NOT register. When I get my bill, I will perhaps not agree with it because the number plate is mine but the car is different make and color. Now what?

  • phoenix3670 - 2012-11-06 05:59

    If this corrupt ANC government think that I am going to pay toll fees when Zuma spends R248 million of taxpayers money on his PRIVATE residence, they can think again. As a taxpayer, I am entitled to drive on decent roads so I don't give a damn what the Government, the RFA or anyone says.....I AM NOT PAYING TOLL FEES!!!!!!!!

  • alan.muir.18 - 2012-11-07 09:37

    Don't register, you won't stop the increases thereafter. Let the 10000 registered users pay the exorberant future rates.

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