Gauteng provincial government welcomes new toll tariffs

2011-08-13 12:40

The Gauteng provincial government today welcomed Cabinet’s approval of toll tariffs for the Gauteng freeway improvement project.

“The Gauteng provincial government believes that both the further development of the public transport system and the upgrading and expansion of our road networks are essential for economic growth and the improvement of the quality of life of our residents,” said spokesperson Xoli Mngambi.

Cabinet approved reduced toll tariffs for the Gauteng freeway improvement project phase A1 on Wednesday.

Motorcycles would pay 24c a kilometre, light motor vehicles 40c, medium vehicles R1 and “longer” vehicles R2.

Qualifying commuter taxis and buses would be exempted.

Mngambi said the Gauteng provincial government was happy with the exemption.

“This is a significant measure aimed at minimising the impact of tolling on the vast majority of working people in Gauteng.

“In addition, this is a welcome relief, especially for commuters who use public transport daily.”

He said the Gauteng provincial government was reviewing proposals for the next phase of the project and would consult with the public in September.

Yesterday, the ANC welcomed Cabinet’s “bold” move on the tariffs.

However, the Young Communist League said it was disgusted and asked government to scrap the project entirely.

Civil rights group AfriForum said the tolls were reducing motorists to cash cows.

The SA Transport and Allied Workers’ Union (Satawu) called on the working class and poor to unite against the tolls.

“Through our marches, demonstrations and pickets, we will bring this behemoth to its knees,” said Satawu spokesperson Mamokgethi Molopyane.

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