Thursday, May 21, 2015

Opposition to e-tolls continues

Lusanda Bill
21 May 2015

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance has expressed its disappointment at the new e-toll dispensation.

On Wednesday Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that e-toll payments will be linked to the renewing of vehicle licensing.

Ramaphosa while briefing the media on Wednesday said the implementation of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project has hugely benefited the economy and people of Gauteng.

Outa’s Wayne Duvenage said the reality is that the e-tolling collection costs have not reduced, the inefficiencies of the system and the conditions are still in place, and there is debt of about R7 billion that we have calculated in the construction costs that have not been dealt with.

Duvenage said nothing has changed and we continue to advocate society to be strong on this matter and to do what they have done and that is to collapse the system.

Meanwhile Zwelinzima Vavi in a statement said government continues to overlook the fact that the campaign against e-tolls was never just in opposition to the amount being tolled but the principle of turning a basic public service into a commodity.

Vavi added that the e-toll system is clearly collapsing.

“We are asking government to go back to the drawing board and to scrap e-tolls and to introduce the system of getting these things paid through the fuel levy” Vavi added.

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