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Johannesburg - The Gauteng legislature will debate the petitions committee report on the proposed highway tolling system at noon on Tuesday.
The Democratic Alliance, the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African National Civic Organisation have submitted a joint petition against the proposed tolls.
The petition forms part of a campaign to resist the tolling system, which is set to come into effect in February.
Forty-two electronic toll gates have been erected on the Gauteng N1, N3, N12, N17, R21 and R24. The tolls cover a distance of about 185km.
There was outrage when it was initially proposed that users of light motor vehicles with e-tag accounts would pay R0.49/km to use the toll roads, minibus taxi drivers R0.16/km and bikers R0.30/km. Vehicles without an e-tag account would be charged R0.66/km.
The Cabinet later approved reduced toll tariffs for the Gauteng highway tolling system.
It agreed that light motor vehicles would pay R0.40/km, medium vehicles R1/km, “longer” vehicles R2/km and bikers R0.24/km. Qualifying commuter taxis and buses would be exempted entirely.
There would be a 31 percent e-tag discount, a time of day discount and a frequent user discount for motorbikes and light motor vehicles fitted with an e-tag. - Sapa
This is just (another) example of pure Highway Robbery.. They use tax payers money to do the improvements and then still want to charge tax payers to recoup the costs of an OVER PRICED project. The COSTS of running the toll COLLECTION runs in MILLION of rands a year... how does this make any sense, unless your aim is just to fleece the public! One wonders WHO - in the "back-office" is benefitting from the construction and running of these TOLLs... MrMac set a VERY GOOD example of how to GET RICH QUICK when he pulled off some FAST ONES in KZN as Minister of Transport there - follow my lead, follow my "leader"!
@ BadBallie, Dude, I agree with you wholeheartedly...but we have to stick together and protest. This is Africa, lets never forget that! Those who lament and wail and scream and protest always get their way...so we must do the same. They are thieves, liars and taking a chance with us. Lets stop them in their tracks while we still can.
Everyone must stick together to fight these dastardly toll-barons. This is why they said the taxis can go for free - they know how the taxis work together and that they will protest until they get their way. This way the taxis are out of the equation. Possibly they also know that getting payment from the taxi ownersdrivers will be impossible.
I have fond memories of living in a democracy, its such a pity it had to end so soon. I will never use the toll roads on a matter of principle, the principle being that the government is sworn to act in the best interests of its citizens, not the American version where government uses its citizens to push its own agenda's
It is time for ciuvil disobedience. I too will join any process that fights this government and its greed.
The Gecko, wrote
We, as the tax-paying citizens must never stop fighting these toll-roads. We must do more than sign petitions - blocking the highway will be a good start. I am more than willing to take leave to participate in mass-action against this criminal attempt at double-taxing the already over-stretched taxpayer. Going to court is also an option - given the lack of public participation, I believe we may have a case in the constitutional court. Bottom line - we must not pay a sent in tolls until the government can account for every sent of the tax-money we already pay!
Resist, resist, resist. No more enrichment of cadres at our expense.
There will be no end to this shamble. This is what happens when you vote for thugs... Sadly, most people are in the dark as to what is actually happening in government. All they will ever know is that everything is more expensive today than yesterday. Most of this government supporters don't have internet nor a mere radio nor can they read or buy a newspaper. Much to the delight of taxi owners that those who are qualify from paying toll fees motorists will be assured to see taxis driving in the emergency lane and everywhere else on the tolled route.
another form of stealth tax imposed on the middle class
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