ANC highlights benefits of registering for an e-tag

2013-12-03 11:06

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The ANC called on motorists to register for their e-toll accounts to take advantage of the benefits offered to registered users.

The benefits of being registered included discounted rates for frequent users, spokesperson Jackson Mthembu said today.

“The ANC further calls for restraint from all members of society against mobilising for lawlessness as it relates to the e-tolls,” he said.

Extensive consultations had taken place around the funding model of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project and concerted efforts were made to resolve the mutual problems identified.

Mthembu said the ANC was grateful to the almost 1 million South Africans who had already bought their e-tags and committed themselves to work with government to further improve world-class and sophisticated infrastructure.

“All of us are in agreement that the infrastructure has lightened the burden of travelling time and road safety, providing much needed time to motorists to do the things they would rather do than sitting in traffic.”

He said what remained a point of disagreement, however, was not that the roads had been improved, but rather the funding model that had been adopted.

The ANC was aware of and appreciated the dissatisfaction of many road users with regard to the implementation of e-tolls, he said.

“Part of this dissatisfaction arises from the lack of an integrated, safe and reliable public transport system, which would allow motorist options when confronted with the introduction of the user-pay principle as in the case of the tolled roads.”

He said government had also established significant discounts for registered users and made commitments to cap the costs payable by a user per month, providing an opportunity for planning and certainty.

“The [Gauteng] provincial government has also built and upgraded more than 200km of alternative non-tolled roads.”

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