Ever since the South African National Roads Agency Limited introduced toll roads mainstream motorcyclists have been angry that the toll for a motorcycle is the same for a bike as for a minibus taxi carrying 16 passengers legally - and often considerably more in reality, as well as a trailer loaded with all their baggage.
That anger has several times boiled over in localised protests, sometimes pulling together hundreds of riders - but not on a national level until the advent of e-tolling, which has prompted an unprecedented backlash amongst the rank and file of South African motorists, no matter how many wheels their vehicles have.
ALL VEHICLES WELCOME
Following a successful protest ride in Gauteng, the newly-formed Bikers Against Toll Roads has invited all riders to join them in a mass protest ride in Cape Town, under the auspices of the Motorcyclists Association of the Western Cape, on Saturday, 27 July, to protest against Sanral’s proposed implementation of toll roads in the Western Cape.
Riders will gather from 10am in Keizergracht Street, between the Oriental Plaza and the Cape Peninsula University of Technology from 10am and the mass ride will begin at 11am, along the N2, the R300 and the N1 and back to the start point.
All types of vehicles are welcome to take part – scooters, commuters, superbikes, hatchbacks, supercars and even bakkies!