Cape Town - The City of Cape Town has described the process used to implement the toll roads project as “entirely irrational”. It approached the Western Cape High Court on Tuesday to have the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) proposal to toll portions of the N1 and N2 highways scrapped.
Arguing for the City, Geoff Budlender SC told the court the decision makers had to consider if tolling was appropriate and viable. In order to do this, they would need to know the costs and the impacts of tolling. But, he said “the evidence shows that none of the decision makers considered these questions”.
In lengthy papers of 7465 pages, the City details why it believes the decision to proceed with tolling was “procedurally flawed”.
Over the 30 year concession period, the public will have to “pay between R44.9 billion and R48.4 billion in toll fees (2010 values excluding vat)”.
And, Budlender argued that if the tolls are set at a lower rate, Sanral would have to pay the shortfall to Protea Parkway Constortium (PPC) – the developer.