SANRAL Criticised Over e-Tolls

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) says that the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) tried to play the pity card when it disclosed that it would approach various banks for a loan of R1.48 billion to pay for e-toll arrears.
OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, points out that, “SANRAL is trying to gain sympathy and the approval of society to allow it to conduct e-tolling.”

Minister to Push Zuma on e-Tolls

Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters, aims to push President Jacob Zuma to sign into law the electronic tolling bill.
The newly-appointed minister says she is expected to meet with presidential advisers to put pressure on them to ensure that Zuma signs the bill, which passed by the National Council of Provinces in May.
Meanwhile, Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has been quoted by the media as saying that the public is not fooled by reduced e-toll tariffs.

OUTA Raises R2.35 Million for e-Toll Case

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has raised R2.35 million which will go towards its court challenge to e-tolling on Gauteng's highways.

In a press statement, chairperson, Wayne Duvenage, points out that, “Just five days later we are able to announce that over R1.35 million was raised from the public, plus a further R1 million contribution on Friday from the [Democratic Alliance] DA."

Funding Required for OUTA’s e-Toll Case

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) have R880 000 left to raise by 21 June 2013 to avoid a potential collapse of their upcoming Supreme Court of Appeal case against e-tolls.

OUTA announced this week that if it does not raise R1 million in the next three weeks for its legal team, the case might not go ahead.

Meanwhile, OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duveage, says that the organisation has only managed to raise R120 000 since the announcement, adding that, “I hear that there is another potential R100 000 that may be injected as a once off.”

Transport Minister Defends e-Tolls

Transport Minister, Ben Martins, says e-tolling is needed to pay for and maintain infrastructure critical to South Africa's future economic growth.

Addressing the National Council of Provinces (NCOP), Martins pointed out that, “The South African economy requires infrastructure to develop and grow, create jobs and to fight the scourge of unemployment and inequality."

He was speaking during the debate on the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, which is necessary before e-tolling can take place in Gauteng or anywhere else.

COSATU Impatient With Govt Over e-Tolls

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) says it is getting impatient with authorities and will continue to wage war against e-tolls.

Speaking to a group of protestors who included - the Treatment Action Campaign, Bikers Against E-tolls, and the Southern African Catholic Bishops Conference - COSATU Gauteng secretary, Dumisani Dakile, pointed out that, what the government is doing is trying to provoke COSATU, adding that, “If they want another Marikana we will give it to them on a silver platter.”

Motorists to Pay Less on e-Tolls

The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) says that 90 percent of motorists travelling on Gauteng roads will pay less than R200 a month on e-tolling.
SANRAL spokesperson, Vusi Mona, points out that, "Travelling on Gauteng's roads when e-tolling has been implemented in two months' time will cost motorists considerably less than is generally assumed."
Mona, who states that SANRAL has tracked actual usage by 2.5 million vehicles on the Gauteng e-roads, says that less than one percent of road users will pay the maximum of R550 per month.

SANRAL Intends ‘Switching-On’ e-Tolls

The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) wanted to give Gauteng motorists a timely warning that e-tolls will kick in soon when it made the widely criticised announcement.

SANRAL spokesperson, Vusi Mona, points out that, "We thought it's appropriate now just to remind Gauteng motorists that we will be switching on the system in two months' time, all things being equal."

OUTA Warns Against Implementing e-Tolls

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) warns that it will be ‘dangerous’ for e-tolls to be launched before the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill goes to the National Council of Provinces.

OUTA chairperson, Wayne Duvenhage, points out that, “If e-tolls are launched now, even with that Bill, it’s still not an Act and still not law.”

Reacting to the approval of legislation on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project in the National Assembly, Duvenhage says that the fact that they have gone as far as this step does not make it final.

National Assembly Approves e-Toll Bill

The National Assembly has approved legislation that paves the way for the implementation of electronic tolling of Gauteng's major freeways.

Introducing debate on the transport laws and related matters amendment bill, Transport Minister, Ben Martins, said the bill was essential to enable "the appropriate implementation of the e-tolling system".


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