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More anger about e-tolls

Jan 02 2014 15:36


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Johannesburg - Responses are flooding in from Fin24 users expressing their anger and frustration with the controversial new e-toll system in Gauteng.

According to The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance, the system is costly, cumbersome and involves an unworkable administrative process.

A Fin24 user writes about what he calls "the anger inside" him because of the e-toll system:

I do 53km one way between Krugersdorp and Germiston for work every day.

Has e toll affected me? Well, since 2006 I have used the highway and it took me one hour to get to work.

It still takes me one hour to get to work on the same highway despite the extra lane.

The Joburg-Dakar
So now, to miss the e-tolls, I drive down Ontdekkers across Joburg onto the M2 and then turn off at Germiston.

Very surprisingly I find that the centre of Joburg has fallen apart, as I have found out after getting lost a few times.

Don’t forget about the huge potholes, no traffic lights and having to dodge taxi's and pedestrians.
And to see all the empty buildings is a bit of an eye opener, thanks Sanral.

Why is it that I must pay good tax off my salary every month - tax on the fuel for the 2 000km a month I travel to work, my rates and taxes, VAT on shopping - and then pay for a road that never really changed?

To spend R450 extra every month for e-tolls is almost equivalent to a tank of fuel for almost one week of travelling.

We all forget that these roads had been upgraded from two to three lanes in late 1980s or early 1990s and there was no e-toll then.

With the rand today up at R10.62 to the dollar I bet we are in for another petrol hike that adds another 10 cents to the fuel levy for the roads.
Why must I pay? Because it’s the right thing to do? The right thing to do would be to get better management in government to control our tax money and to question by whom and why the money is spent.

O yes, and thanks Sanral e-toll and the government, now I miss out on time with my kids. I hope Santa missed your house last year.

- Fin24

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyFin24 have been independently written by members of the Fin24 community. The views of users published on Fin24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent those of Fin24.

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