In just over a few months time, on top of all the high taxes we are already paying, another "little" tax called E-Tolls will milk even more money out of the already cash strapped South African consumer. SANREL claims it is to re-pay for all the money for all the freeway upgrades it conducted in Gauteng over the past few years which is fair enough as SANREL did an excellent job with the Guateng Freeway Improvement Project. One might think that the money paid through E-Tolls will go directly to the government. However, that is not the case.
Today, I came across a video on Youtube called "Gauteng eTolls Make No Sence" which gives a 6 minute explanation in simple terms about the pitfalls of eTolls.
Here is a summery of what the video says:
- In 2007, SANREL placed a meaningless advert in 6 South African newspapers seeking public comment in the idea of eTolls. It was so pathetic, that only 28 of 3 500 000 motorists actually responded to this advert. This disputes SANREL's claim that they consulted the public about the concept of eTolls.
- In 2009, a R10.1 billion rand tender was awarded to the ETC to collect the proceeds of the Gauteng eTolls. This company is 85% owned by the European based company KAPSCH Traffic com. They publically announced in 2013 that they would be making R675 million rand from eTolls. So in other words, a truckload of money will be leaving the country to collect the eTolls before actually going into paying back for the upgrades.
- If a 9c increase to the fuel levy was imposed in 2006, the 17 billion rand used to upgrade our freeways would have already been recovered at no extra administration costs.
So my question is, why is SANREL going such an expensive route via eTolls to pay for the upgrades if it is clear that they could have done it via the fuel levy at NO EXTRA COSTS to them. It makes one wonder what the real reason of eTolls are.
So Fellow News 24 users, I urge you all to go to take 6 minutes to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4hNYrcU5Hh4 and then post this link on Twitter and Facebook and make this video trend on Twitter and go viral on Social media in South Africa to expose the big lies behind eTolls.
I also urge you all not to buy eTags and pay for eTolls despite government's threat that you will be criminally charged if you because if we all act as a collective unit and don't pay for eTolls, the ANC will not have the resources to collect all unpaid tolls and will be forced to re-look into other methods of paying for the upgrades.
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