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The Department of Transport (DOT) will spend R417 million on the maintenance of the electronic national traffic information system (eNatis). According to the department’s Medium Term Budget Policy Statement (MTBPS), National Treasury has approved the self-funding adjustment of R417.640 million for the maintenance and upgrading of eNatis. The DOT developed eNaTIS over a period of […]
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has welcomed governments decision to halt tolling processes – but has called for the scrapping of e-tolling. This follows an announcement by Transport minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, that he had instructed the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to halt all processes related to the future tolling of […]
Transport minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, has stopped the progress of e-tolling – saying more consultation is needed.
According to the Department of Transport, Ndebele has instructed the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to halt all processes related to the tolling of national roads.
This follows the approval of e-tolling prices by Cabinet in August – despite the threat of strike action from trade federation, Cosatu and outcries from motorists and commuters.
Earlier this year, government approved prices which would have seen drivers of light motor vehicles pay 40c per km, with prices for medium vehicles starting at 100c per km and 200c per km for longer vehicles. Motorcycles would pay 24c per km while qualifying commuter taxis and buses were exempt from fare charges.
After squandering over R66 million on failed IT systems in the past year, the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) has reported it is insolvent.
In its 2010/11 annual report, the agency revealed that over R34million was lost due to irregular expenditure – R8.9 million of which was spent on an incomplete and unused IT help desk, while another R9.9 million went to unused IT infrastructure.
Another R48 million was written off after its real-time road crash reporting system failed to provide authorities with accurate data. The system cost R85 million over two years.
The beginning of the 2010/11 financial year for the corporation was marked by a disbanded board and an acting CEO at the helm; broken governance systems and an agency on the brink of collapse.
Months of consultation come to an end as government looks to implement e-tolling fares.
Motorists will soon start paying to drive on Gauteng’s highways as Cabinet approves highly disputed e-tolling fares.
Despite the threat of strike action from trade federation, Cosatu, government has approved proposed prices and given the green light to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).
Within the next few weeks drivers of light motor vehicles can expect to pay 40c per km, with prices for medium vehicles starting at 100c per km and 200c per km for longer vehicles. Motorcycles will pay 24c per km while qualifying commuter taxis and buses will be exempt from fare charges.
The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) steering committee has proposed reducing toll fees for motorists – but emphasised that no final decision has been taken.
Speaking during a stakeholder meeting, committee chairperson, George Mahlalela, noted that the proposals were yet to be adopted.
“It was made clear right at the outset that the principle of tolling has been accepted,
and that the matter under review was the proposed tariff of 66c/km, initially suggested as the charge for a vehicle without an e-tag account,” he said.
Following a public outcry, the steering committee has now recommended toll tariffs that include a decrease from 30c per km down to 24c per km for motorcycles and 40c per km for light vehicles, a decrease from 49.5c per km.
The Department of Transport (DOT) has reiterated that no decision has been made on the controversial Gauteng toll tariffs.
Following media reports that the proposed toll tariff of 66c/km for motorists will more than likely not change – the department has said the claims were “inaccurate”.
“We wish to reiterate that no decision has been made on the Gauteng toll tariffs. The tariffs will be announced by Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele in due course, after studying the final recommendations of
the Steering Committee as well as consultation with the Political Oversight Committee,” Transport DG and chairperson of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) Toll Steering Committee, George Mahlalela said.
The Department of Transport (DOT) says it will only make a decision on the controversial e-tolling fees at the end of July.
The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project Steering Committee, which was formed by Transport minister, Sibusiso Ndebele to address the proposed e-tolling on Gauteng’s roads, says it is putting the final touches to the report before it submits it to the minister for consideration.
“In the interest of all our road users, we cannot rush into hasty decisions on the e-tolling issue as this might, however well-intended undermine the very aim of having engaged with all the stakeholders,” says the department.
The Department of Transport (DOT) says no deadlines have been set for its decision on disputed e-tolling tariffs.
According to Transport minister, Sibusiso Ndebele, an announcement on the final outcome of this process will be made shortly following further consultation with stakeholders.
“The steering committee chaired by the Director-General, embarked on extensive public consultation to review the concerns raised and the assumptions underlying the determination of the tariff. A comprehensive report on the work of the steering committee will be submitted in due course which we will review,” he explained.
While the report on e-tolling prices will be ready tomorrow, the Department of Transport (DOT) has warned that a final decision on the highly contested tariffs will only be made after a few weeks.
“Given the number of issues which have been raised during the stakeholder engagement, it is expected that once the report is handed over to the minister, the minister will take time to exercise his mind studying the report,” said the department.
Following an outrage over proposed toll tariffs, Ndebele announced a steering committee to help deal with concerns. He noted that outcries over costs were a concern but noted the department had to meet its commitments for the repayment of the R20 billion debt for the project.