PLEASE NOTE:

MyNews24 is a user-generated section of News24.com. The stories here come from users.

 
BatongaBoro
 
Comments: 96
Article views: 2387
 
 
Latest Badges:



 
View all BatongaBoro's badges.
 

This article has been selected as an Editor’s Choice report. Articles are selected based on quality of writing, audience response, newsworthiness and originality, and is at the discretion of the MyNews24 editors.

I Bought an E-Tag Thing

18 April 2012, 22:01
OK, before we all get to throwing abuse below in the comments section, please read this the whole way through.

I do not like this new toll road system any more than anyone else outside of SANRAL. The only thing SANRAL's "road upgrades" have done have moved traffic jams slightly down the road. A certain previous President, alas, canned plans for more highways at the same time as they cancelled more power stations, so like Eskom hikes we are stuck with them.

I do wish the tolls had been a bit more pro-active - provide a good public transport network and make that exempt, allow exemption for people whose tax return shows an income less than, say R100k and make it so expensive for trucks and lorries to use between 6am and 6pm that they are off the road in peak hours, the latter being in place around the world.

I understand the protests, but I do not understand why they are being made now, 2 or so weeks before implementation, when they are destined to fail. It was never a secret that the new roads would be toll roads, and this has been public knowledge since at least 2009.

In the last 2 or so years I have not heard of any intervention, threat of legal action or protest - least of all not from a certain little provincial radio station that presumes to Lead the citizens of the area it presumes to be the voice of. Advertising revenue outweighs public interest, I suppose.

Those who are following the call not to buy and install one of these E-Tag devices are taking a chance. Protesters are claiming that if no one has them then it will be impossible for SANRAL to enforce charges. This is quite dangerous thinking, since camera technology seems to work perfectly well capturing and tracking speeding motorists; why is it you believe it will not do the same for people using the toll roads?

The way I see it, R50 up front and lower toll costs vs the chance that these protests will work and the whole thing will be scrapped was a no-brainer. SANRAL do not have my banking details and I can top it up pretty much how one charges a cellphone.

Should these legal challenges and protests fail to change anything - and I do not presume that they will - then all who have opted to drive without the E-Tag thing are in all likelihood going to receive a possibly large and certainly unpleasant bill at some stage. I'm not saying everyone go and buy one, but I am saying protest away, but understand and accept that there will be a cost if the protest fails. It's a down side that the numerous "stop the tolls" campaigners are not mentioning.

It is, however, worth noting that if the protests and legal action are a success, the debt does not vanish. Should the toll system be taken away, understand we shall be paying one way or another. It will probably take the form of an increase in the fuel levy, but could also be an increase in VAT and indeed personal income tax rates.

Something that certain young political leaders tend not to understand is that freedom of speech has a price. That price is having to read and hear things you don't like in return for saying and writing things that others do not like.

What I have written here will no doubt offend some of the more passionate anti-toll protesters, and I am sure there will be one or two abusive comments left for me. Fine, no problem, but do please consider giving some thought to what I have said here too.

Happy driving.

Disclaimer: All articles and letters published on MyNews24 have been independently written by members of News24's community. The views of users published on News24 are therefore their own and do not necessarily represent the views of News24. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.
 

Read News24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
96 comments
Add your comment
Comment 0 characters remaining

Read more from our Users

Submitted by
FFP
Stagnation of technology

we as civilization should come down to our primordial reality: the advance of technology cannot go on indefinitely, it has to stop and soon.  Read more...

6 comments 109 views
Submitted by
Mark Whelan
Down with Racism

I abhor racism. Always have, always will. Interestingly, in my recent past, I, too, have been accused of racism. Read more...

0 comments 865 views
Submitted by
Keita
The human face of christian spite

I can’t tell you how often I hear this, both here on News24 and elsewhere. Rational arguments have been made to indicate how wrong those statements are, but it seems they fall on deaf ears. Read more...

199 comments 2306 views
Submitted by
Greg Martino
Does God answer our prayers?

To supplement to our insufficient income, myself and my wife are occasionally given the opportunity to work various trade shows at which my wife's company exhibits at. Read more...

125 comments 1874 views
Submitted by
Ryan_Ruffgrain
Mario’s here. Nothing else matter...

The above title seems an apt proviso for this piece. Of course, there were other matters of some incident in the Premier League this weekend.  Read more...

1 comments 410 views
Submitted by
Tracy Gilpin
You're never too old to spy

So why is it easier to spot a Voortrekker bonnet at an EFF rally than a South African spy thriller on a shelf? Read more...

3 comments 502 views

Jobs in Cape Town [change area]

Property [change area]

Travel - Look, Book, Go!

Magical Massinga

Spend 5 nights at the gorgeous Massinga Beach Lodge in Mozambique and only pay for 4 from R13 220 per person sharing. Includes return flights, accommodation, transfers and romantic turndown. Book now!

Kalahari.com - shop online today

Up to 40% off fashion accessories

Save up to 40% on selected handbags, purses, watches, jewellery and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to R2000 on top electronics

Get every day mind bowing savings on top electronics. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

As seen on TV - New book releases at only R199 each

Get mind blowing book savings on new titles. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Save up to 50% on Women’s month treats!

Celebrate the awesome women in your life with awesome treats like beauty products, fashion accessories, bestselling books, electronics and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

Up to 60% off - clearance sale!

Save up to 60% on appliances, books, electronics, toys, movies and more. Offer valid while stocks last. Shop now!

OLX Free Classifieds [change area]

Samsung Galaxy s4

Mobile, Cell Phones in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 24

Best bargain in big bay

Real Estate, Houses - Apartments for Sale in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

VW Golf 6, 1.6 Trendline (Excellent condition)

Vehicles, Cars in South Africa, Western Cape, Cape Town. Date October 25

 

services

E-mail Alerts The latest headlines in your inbox

RSS feeds News delivered really simply.

Mobile News24 on your mobile or PDA

E-mail Newsletters You choose what you want

News24 on your iPhone Get News24 headlines on your iPhone.

SMS Alerts Get breaking news stories via SMS.

Blogs Your opinion on you, me and everyone.

Calais Website keywords automated by OpenCalais.

 
Interactive Advertising Bureau
 
© 2014 24.com. All rights reserved.
There are new stories on the homepage. Click here to see them.
 
English
Afrikaans
isiZulu

Hello 

Create Profile

Creating your profile will enable you to submit photos and stories to get published on News24.


Please provide a username for your profile page:

This username must be unique, cannot be edited and will be used in the URL to your profile page across the entire 24.com network.

Settings

Location Settings

News24 allows you to edit the display of certain components based on a location. If you wish to personalise the page based on your preferences, please select a location for each component and click "Submit" in order for the changes to take affect.








Facebook Sign-In

Hi News addict,

Join the News24 Community to be involved in breaking the news.

Log in with Facebook to comment and personalise news, weather and listings.