DA to push for parliament e-toll review

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IOL mot pic jul7 E-Toll Tariffs INDEPENDENT NEWSPAPERS The announcement of a review on e-tolling in Gauteng does not mean motorists should stop paying, the chairwoman of Parliament's transport portfolio committee warned. Picture: Bongiwe Mchunu

Johannesburg - E-tolling and its effects since implementation should be reviewed in Parliament.

Democratic Alliance parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane told reporters in Johannesburg on Monday the DA would ask the transport portfolio committee to do the review over the coming days.

"We contend because e-tolls were introduced by enabling legislation passed by the National Assembly, it's the responsibility of Parliament to monitor the impact of its implementation."

This included whether its stated aims and objectives were being met.

Electronic tolling of several of Gauteng's highways started at midnight on 3 December 2013.

While the DA welcomed a recent announcement by Gauteng premier David Makhura that e-tolling would be reviewed, if the African National Congress was serious about the matter, transport minister Dipuo Peters should welcome the review, he said.

Maimane said funding for road construction and infrastructure development should come from the fuel levy, which would negate the further need for e-tolls.

"The e-tolls system is an economic burden that is putting further pressure on the strained finances of South Africans," Maimane said.

In his state-of-the-province address on 27 June, Makhura announced plans to review e-tolling in the province.

"We shall set up a panel to review the impact of e-tolls and invite new proposals on how we can find a lasting solution to this matter, working with the national government, municipalities and all sectors of society," he said in Thokoza, on the East Rand.

"While we shall not promise easy solutions and claim easy victories, we must make it clear that we cannot close our eyes to the cries of sectors of our population who are severely affected by the cost of travelling across the province."

He said deliberations were needed on how to finance road infrastructure.


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