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Govt to monitor e-tolling march

Audra Mahlong Nov 29,2012 0 Comments

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Government says it will closely monitor tomorrow’s planned marches by the Congress of South African Trade Union (Cosatu) against e-tolling.

Cosatu has obtained permission to stage marches in Johannesburg and Pretoria tomorrow in protest against the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

Cosatu will lead marches from Newtown, Johannesburg and Schubert Park, Pretoria tomorrow morning and hand over memorandums to provincial departments.

The trade federation notes that there is mass opposition to e-tolling in Gauteng and government must take this into account.

“Government must prioritise the roll-out of efficient, reliable, affordable and safe public transport for all the people of South Africa,” Cosatu states.

Government, however, has maintained that the user-pay principle has been accepted by Gauteng motorists. It has also dismissed Cosatu’s march saying that e-tolling will be introduced on provincial roads.

“This does not change the fact that government has consulted and shared information on the GFIP project over a number of years and called for public comment.”

In October, government gazetted revised e-tolling tariffs. Light motor vehicles (class A2) with an e-tag can expect to pay 30c/km with the base rate for unregistered motorists set at 58c/km. Motorcycles with an e-tag can expect to pay 18c/km, while medium heavy vehicles will pay 75c/km.

Registered public transport operators and users will not pay a cent – a measure introduced to exempt the poor from paying.

Government has also proposed that toll fees for e-tag users be capped at R550 a month for light vehicles. Monthly toll caps for e-tag registered heavy vehicle users are also introduced.

 

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