Outa disappointed at e-toll move

By Drum Digital
21 November 2013

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) is disappointed that the government has decided to go ahead with e-tolling.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) is disappointed that the government has decided to go ahead with e-tolling, it said on Wednesday.

"The minister's announcement that e-tolls will commence on December 3 has hugely ominous consequences for our country," said Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage.

He said there was a massive rejection of the tolls by various groups, yet the government had ignored their concerns.

"We are concerned that the executive arm of government has failed to take society into its confidence, and in the process has sewn the seeds of what we fear will go down in history as a very costly failure, of something that could have been avoided," he said.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced on Wednesday that motorists who failed to buy e-tags and pay the tolls, would eventually pay double the amount, and would not benefit from the discounts.

Duvenage said motorists were not forced to buy e-tags.

"We point out that it is not a legal requirement to get e-tags and people must do what they believe is right to resist this farce, which is clearly not in the best interests of the people of South Africa," he said.

Outa would continue to fight the e-tolls policy, said Duvenage.

-by Sapa

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