Toll fees will punish workers - NGO

2011-02-14 12:27

Johannesburg - Controversial new toll road fees for Gauteng, set to take effect in June, effectively "punish" people who drive to work, the National Consumer Forum (NCF) said on Monday.

The tolls would be unavoidable for most, NCF chairperson Thami Bolani said in a statement.

"In effect, the new toll charges being sprung on commuters are penalising those people who faithfully report to work each day to keep our economy going.

"It is completely unacceptable to slap such high tolls on city highways on which commuters are forced to travel each day."

Bolani warned that the tolls would see drivers diverting onto back roads, creating traffic chaos.

"With the prices of basic items like petrol, food, municipal services and electricity already threatening to sink many households, tolls at this level will be an unbearable burden for most families.

"Imagine asking a single mother who earns R2 000 or R3 000 a month, and must travel from her home in Soweto to her job in Centurion every day, to come up with another few hundred rand in increased taxi fare," he said.

Big losers

In a country without a proper public transport system, such tolls were quite simply an abuse of consumers' right to affordable services, he said.

In a separate statement on Monday, the Democratic Alliance in the province said small and medium businesses, and the general public, were going to be the "big losers" when the controversial new toll road tariffs were implemented.

"While estimates of the knock-on effect of the toll on transport costs run as high as 20%, one must never forget that the big losers in this whole equation are once again the small, medium and micro enterprises, and Joe Public," said DA MPL Neil Campbell.

He said recent reports that the Gauteng toll system was to be run by a mainly foreign-owned consortium were hardly surprising.

"This government has long since lost any idea of the ramifications of its policies on the small-business person and the public, and often seeks out overseas companies rather than looking for local opportunities outside of their close cronies."

Large corporations in the province would be able to recoup the tax part of the toll when they filed their VAT returns, and claim all the toll fees against tax when they filed their returns every year.

"The real problems will arise for the ordinary motorist or the small business person, who is either not allowed to claim the toll fees back from tax, or who is not a VAT registered vendor," he said.

Gauteng's roads and transport portfolio committee would be meeting the SA National Road Agency Ltd (Sanral) later this week, and would demand from them an explanation for the "lack of transparency and consultation" regarding the new fees.

"The battle of the toll roads is only just beginning," Campbell said.

In an announcement last week, Sanral said ordinary citizens would be expected to pay as much as 66 cents a kilometre in tolls.

  • GTFO - 2011-02-14 12:38

    ts a hard knock life for us. its a hard knock life for us.

      JustMe - 2011-02-14 14:15

      Steada treated, We get tricked Steada kisses, We get kicked It's the hard-knock life!

  • Charlie Campher - 2011-02-14 12:42

    The government just wanking us of as usual

      Paul - 2011-02-14 12:59

      Would be great if gov were a 20 year old 6 ft blonde. Instead we get Malema ...Yuck.

      Haas Das - 2011-02-14 13:05

      @Paul, and Winnie! Sis man haha

      irfaan.rahim - 2011-02-14 13:34

      No Charls, they're raping us, in our bums without any vaseline

  • Paul - 2011-02-14 12:42

    We are not being punished. We are being liberated from tyranical imperialistic monarchies. Unfortunately the cost to keep this democracy will eventually exceed your monthly paycheck- just in taxes.

  • sean.carbutt - 2011-02-14 12:42

    Typicall of our Gov't. Trying to impliment first world processes in a third world country. Rather focus on getting education, water, sanitation, farming and all the real important stuff right first. But no, it's the same drivel of eeish Bass Jacob, how can we make more money for our next X5?

  • fcocquyt - 2011-02-14 12:43

    No matter how you look at it it doesnt make sense everything will go up in price as we need to transport everything. Poorer wil get poorer and the richer, richer.

  • ? - 2011-02-14 12:43

    Everyone knows that this will affect small businesses,but what has the Democratic Alliance (our so-called alternative for good governance) done about it? To my knowledge - NOTHING. *They havent spoken out against this or tried to prevent this new form of robbery,robbery because of JHB's absent public transit systems. *They dont speak out against farm attacks The only thing they appear interested in, is to make the public aware of how much money certain ANC members are stealing from the country. Having a balanced budget in the Western Cape means nothing to people on the cape flats who have to deal with gangsterism on a 24 hour basis.Their kids cant go to school without a gangster threatening them, farm workers are getting exploited by farmers and so forth. The Democratic Alliance is just as useless as the ANC. We need a mutiracial coalition to take on this ANC juggernaut. Blacks will never vote for a white party such as the DA,they can forget about it,as white politics in South Africa is DEAD.

      ? - 2011-02-14 12:48

      @Paul, White politics is DEAD. Learn to live with it

      logical007 - 2011-02-14 12:54

      n a separate statement on Monday, the Democratic Alliance in the province said small and medium businesses, and the general public, were going to be the "big losers" when the controversial new toll road tariffs were implemented. The DA always speak out Read the quote taken from above article???? But why may I ask do you keep voting for the ANC - when all they do is implement corrupt measures, lie and deny, and steal from their own people?

      ? - 2011-02-14 13:15

      @logical007, The DA is "suddenly" waking now when these toll fees have been in the pipeline for a while already,theyre pathetic man.It shouldnt have gotten this far is they did their very best. As for your information,I have never voted for the ANC and never will.

      LJ Graey - 2011-02-14 13:41

      Well to be honest your comment makes it quite clear that you haven't really been paying much attention to the whole thing in the first place. Generally, in a democracy, whoever gets the most votes wins. Same on the decision making front. If the ANC decides to implement a national program the minority parties can scream and shout as much as they like, the ANC is pretty much guaranteed to simply ignore them and push through with their schemes anyway. This is and always has been their modus operandi. Now if you had actually been paying attention you would have noticed that many of the smaller opposition parties have been against this system from the start, and have been very vocal about it. (It simply doesn't get covered.) At the time there were obviously no solid figures to work from, so it was easy for the ANC to simply pretend that everyone was getting worried about nothing. But now that the government can no longer refute the fact that they are blatantly over-taxing the population for no reason other than to generate more income for themselves it is much easier for opposition parties to take a solid stand against it. And I agree that the DA isn't of much use, but that's mainly because of budget constraints and lack of support, not mere self-interest and shortsightedness - a la ANC. Hoping for a multiracial coalition is a pipe-dream. As long as the ANC is supported by anything more than 30% of the population this country will be as racially divided as it was 30 years ago.

      Chief Belebe - 2011-02-14 14:02

      This is not about white or black, moron rather a crisis that a retarded person like you would only be able to traverse once put in a mental clinic and leave us work our butts for your survival. The problem of a matter is how low can we sometimes stoop. We have seen criminals,rapists and flaudsters in government and guess what, but we'll feel sorry for them and make ourselves victims in the name of Apartheid. That is the first problem, as long as i have an RDP house for free, free water and electricity then i'm sorted. Once, my dear Mum told me that apartheid is like orphanage, once you keep mentioning these words on your mouth or rather associate them when growing up so they too will grow and you'll find every reason for being an orphan or being oppressed even after so many years. We can't change the past, it'll be our striking memory to help us change our future and it has to stop by distinguishing right from wrong.Let us not be naive or stupid when we can see the truth with our own eyes. If we continue at this trade, even after silver jubilee, we shall still be a Nation full with cries yet we dine and ululate the crooked ones instead of facing them and try pump some sense into them. This issue with Toll Fees is a slap in the face of democracy more to the people who voted them into power. This is a shame to the Nation based on severenity of problems we are facing on a daily basis, like unemployment, high cost of living and many others whilst they'll have travelling coupons

      Chris - 2011-03-03 16:36

      Agreed, that's all I can say. Finally a like minded soul. Perhaps we should all vote a joint government, If such a party existed, but alas it does not. Vocal opinions, mass action, yes yes, the South African way. DA and ANC both only interested in the big WIN for personal gain, the masses vote for a brighter future and receive what exactly ???. Sure there has been a lot of great progress, we commend that, but getting back to the subject at hand.....NO TO TOLL FEES, it will destroy the average household.

  • Ghecko - 2011-02-14 12:43

    A friend of mine that works in the food industry has said they are already gearing up to increase many of its food items in Gauteng for the toll increase. He deals with many of the basic food items. So as you can see the poor will get poorer this road toll will have a deadly knock-on effect

  • darquan - 2011-02-14 12:46

    This is one of the most ridiculous things I have seen in a long time. Especially the part of the foreign-owned consortium! The toll is probably so high to cover the costs of going abroad for locally available services. Please stop being silly and just do 10% of what you promise during elections and this country will thrive!

  • logical007 - 2011-02-14 12:47

    Once again the government really thinks the Gautrain and the taxis are a 'great' transport system' for the entire South African population. Firstly, Many of the taxis are unroad worthy and not safe to be a passenger in. Secondly, the Gautrain is very limited for routes, and costly for daily travel usage. Also if you do not live on the 'Gautrain belt' you still need to drive to the station and park (pay for day parking too)which will end up costing the same as paying the toll gates?? It seems to be a lose-lose situation.

      My5cents - 2011-02-14 13:48

      Have travelled the Gautrain a few times. Clean, quick and efficient. Agreed, at present routes are limited but new routes will be opening soon significantly expanding the network. Monthly season tickets are availble which reduce the cost to about R10 a trip (compares favourably with taxis) and there are a fleet of spotless new buses which go in circular routes to and from stations. The buses are FREE if you have a valid gold Gautrain card. People must change their mindset that's all.

      pierreedge - 2011-02-14 14:13

      5cents, you know the expression putting the cart before the horse? when there will be a train station, a tube station or bus stop, shaded and protecting against the rain no further that 100m from my house, and the same thing by my workplace, then toll away. Since i doubt this will happen in the next 4 months, this tolling is theft! simple

      logical007 - 2011-02-14 14:52

      @ 5 cents I stay out in Northriding on a plot... None of these new spotless busses around here, just old (many broken down) Putco busses, and many unroadworthy Taxies. Closest Gautrain station would be Marlboro, but by the time I got there, I know I could have got to Pretoria the back way; Maxwell Drive over woodmead and left into Old Pretoria. Now that is avoiding tolls as well. But say I decided to do Marlboro - Petrol to get there 26km 1 way, plus all day parking, trip to PTA, then a bus to work (if there is one) and then 9 hrs later in reverse and then in car and 26 km in peak hour traffic home... If I still had to be at work by 8.30am What time do you think I would have to wake up to do this new trip??? and what time do you think I would get home at night? MmMMM does not sound like this is going to be fun? I agree with Pierre... They need to put more stations all over before they can implement this system.

      gary.gecko - 2011-02-14 15:01

      @My5cents - True, but will the buses pick me up at my house, so I don't have to walk through the streets in all kinds of weather, and in the dark in winter, carrying and expensive laptop and thus turning me into a prime target? And will it drop me off in front of the building where I work? Somehow I don't see that happening. And if they don't provide me with a SAFE journey from my front door to reception, its not a feasible option for me.

      My5cents - 2011-02-14 17:19

      Pierre, Logic & Gary I hear what you are saying, I did mention that the Gautrain rounte was "limited" at present. Obviously it is not for everyone but for anyone on the route it is definitely worth considering.

  • Susannomore - 2011-02-14 12:48

    I am already considering looking for work in another area due to toll fees. Why couln't they have put the money towards a more effective public transport system, which would have taken some of the cars and thereby maintenance from the roads? The mind boggles.

      masterjane007 - 2011-02-18 18:22

      Agreed. If we had a decent public transport system, we wouldn't all be out on the roads. But I think they can make more money out of us this way....

  • rossleeg - 2011-02-14 12:48

    well I for one will not use the road.............

      Paul - 2011-02-14 12:51

      lol, what you going to use? a helicopter:) ?

      cynthiasteyn0 - 2011-02-14 13:13

      We'll just congest the back routes! I for 1 REFUSE to pay more to use the road. I would actually like to be compensated for all the hours I have sat in the traffic whilst the road works were at their worst! I bet most others would also like the same. How much more did we spend on petrol and time lost!! They don't consider the public at all, this is just a get rich quick scheme AGAIN!!!

  • Ni-hao - 2011-02-14 12:50

    You get what you voted for!

      Tracy - 2011-02-14 14:09

      Thats a very general comment - not everyone votes for the same party.

  • Francois - 2011-02-14 12:54

    Taxis will get exempt and it is the middle class that will need to foot the bill.. as always we get shafted by the goverment that get's voted for by the masses that does not pay taxes... but live on free handouts..

      Paul - 2011-02-14 12:57

      Except we will pay twice, once for our own use, and again when the Gov officials put in their transport claims at month end.

      rinuseckard - 2011-02-14 13:14

      Actually we will pay trhee times, as we already pay for it in our TAX. And then again from our tax when the big companies subtract theirs from their tax.

  • HOLEINONE - 2011-02-14 12:55

    just dont pay , they did it germany with the FORCED new number plates and the GOVT backed down .. Enough extortion

  • Jaimo - 2011-02-14 12:56

    The general public are getting angry at these constant bad decisions made by ANC leading, that are being made to fleece the 'movers and workers' of the country. TAKE A TIP from EGYPT! Listen and Learn, quick and fast or your time will come!

      TinyT - 2011-02-14 13:52

      I agree Jaimo and HOLEINENONE. If we all refuse to pay and stand up for ourselves, the government will have to back down! Why are we such spineless chickens? We know this is wrong so let's do something about it!

      Mordred - 2011-02-14 23:45

      If the workers want to continue to vote for the ANC, then frankly they deserve what they get.

  • cjb1685 - 2011-02-14 12:57

    Why are their still toll fees? Do we still live in the 11th century? Why do we pay tax? Why do we pay car licenses?.....oh sorry,i forgot.We live in the Republic of Bobbejaannisme.

  • watalife - 2011-02-14 12:57

    no matter what colour we are we all in SA care about one another. When i lived in the Vaal and somebody black/white asked for a work/job i tried my best to employ that person at all cost so they could provide. Now the Goverment has forced people like me to put a end to it having these extra costs.What more can a average man do to create work for those who dont have. lets stop fooling ourselves we as SA citizens care for our less fortunate, even our Afrikanns Boer farmers.

  • jakesactuall - 2011-02-14 12:58

    They've already planned how to spend these millions. Nothing anyone says or does will stop them. It is the way its always been in Africa.

      Paul - 2011-02-14 13:03

      JW blue would have opened another distillery if only they'd known about this 18 years ago....

      nicola - 2011-02-14 13:10

      Yes, they have planned how to spend the millions. They will be used to repay the loans for the cost of adding two more lanes and upgrading many of the major interchanges. Or have you already forgotten what the highways looked like 2 years ago?

      jakesactuall - 2011-02-14 13:53

      Nicola if this is the case, why then are there still toll gates on the N17? Surely after 15 years the debt has been settled and it is impossible that the maintenance can be that high, considering the number of vehicles traveling through the gates daily? In many other (mostly 1st world) countries, toll gates are erected and fees are collected up to the point where the debts have been settled. The gates are then removed and the maintenance is funded through tax or fuel tax. Yes we have specific urgent needs at this stage that could validate additional funding but at some stage there should be an end. Or, at least use the money to spend on the remaining roads in the country. All I'm seeing is nice contracts between private industry and a partner in government with little consideration for the man in the street, especially the poorer section of the people.

      gary.gecko - 2011-02-14 15:12

      No nicola, we have not forgotten. We just expected the costs to be carried by the extortionate taxes/fuel levies/licensing fees/etc that we ALREADY pay. I, for one, will stop moaning about this when the can give me a good satisfactory explanation of where my tax money went.

  • Baas-Julius - 2011-02-14 13:01

    You get what you vote for.

      Ockert - 2011-02-14 13:25

      What are the ACDP, DA, ID,KISS etc, etc, running the toll system ???

      Tracy - 2011-02-14 14:10

      Again, a very general comment. Not everyone voted for the ruling party.

      masterjane007 - 2011-02-18 18:22

      I never voted ANC

  • Mutemi - 2011-02-14 13:02

    So they hve exhausted all other means of making money. No problem for me coz we already creating a dust road thru the bush to work, no toll fees, car wash available along the way!

      cynthiasteyn0 - 2011-02-14 13:16

      That is fabulous. Please ouline the route & if it's on my way I'll also use it and promote it!!! LOL..... I like your way of thinking!!!!

      Ockert - 2011-02-14 13:26

      Tax to take a breath of air ?

      rix.wallace - 2011-02-14 13:36

      heheheh, thx mutemi, need some light humour on a monday

      lean - 2011-02-14 17:31

      Take dawn the all Toll gates in the night... I mean they bombing ATM machines why not Toll gates?

  • - 2011-02-14 13:08

    Has anyone taken the time to sit down and work out what the government is gonna make everyday out of this new "scheme"!

      Paul - 2011-02-14 13:12

      300 m income / month, less expenses 45 m, less bribery and corruption 560 m. It will run at a loss mate.

  • kingswing69 - 2011-02-14 13:08

    this is not a democratic country is a dictatorship. where on earth are the people going to get money to pay for these tollgates ,

      Ockert - 2011-02-14 13:28

      no wonder people want 20% increases

  • themuirs - 2011-02-14 13:09

    Thus why people ages between 18 and 35 are leaving this beautiful's just not financially viable to live and work in SA. I pay for my own health care, unless I want to sleep in a filthy hospital bed with no equipment, I pay for private schooling as I do not wish my son to have an OBE education and I pay for security as the SAPS is not really that reliable... (Unless elections are near). My utilities are sky high and general food expenses is sky rocketing! We live on the breadline and we really do earn decent salaries. No luxuries or holidays for this household! Earning a decent salary in SA is just not enough! The middle class is shrinking away and I'm rather taking my skills somewhere else, where my tax money is giving back to me! This government is completely out of touch with it's citizens and more in touch with their own pockets!

      M - 2011-02-14 13:17

      Couldn't agree with you more.

  • tandydw - 2011-02-14 13:10

    Why Why Why is this another BEE project...I am so sick and tired of paying extra just because it is a BEE project... Companies will award a purchase to a company at 25% higher price because it is a BWO the end of the day we WE I YOU ME the average person in the street ends up paying that extra 25% somewhere along the line...When are we going to wake up and see reality!!! The tolls are going to bring in R300million rand a month and I ask with tears in my eyes what is going to happen to all that money !! Pay the CEO, Bonuses to who for what ???? Lets make a difference and Vote for the DA ...just give them ONE chance you will be pleasantly surprised !!

      Susannomore - 2011-02-14 13:39

      It is not a BEE project though. The company is Austrian, not South African. So we are not even gaining there!

  • kuruption88 - 2011-02-14 13:12

    "I love my country, I love my prez, I love my job and I love my salary.......Now I MUST love this tooooo" -_- (this is sarcasm, for those that didn't see)

  • Malcolm - 2011-02-14 13:13

    I fail to see the point of implementing this crap. Just like I fail to see the point of many things government is up to. What Happens to my car license and traffic fine money? Isn't that supposed to pay for the upkeep of our roads?

      kotzeae - 2011-02-14 13:43

      Yes my friend, that is what those fees are suposed to be used for. But some bright spark decided to sell the busiest road in SA to an international consortium and now you must pay to use the very same road. I wonder what the kick-back on this deal amounted to...

  • Allin - 2011-02-14 13:13

    The place might not be called Transvaal any more, but the "K@K en betaal" part will never be abandoned!

  • SRK1 - 2011-02-14 13:14

    The ANC it is out there for the majority poor people but this will kill what little they hold onto. Taxi fares will definitely go and the taxi owner is claiming that money from his passengers so at the end of the day he is going to benefit from but his passengers will not. Why is the DA being picked on this - the tolls are not being built in CT. Its just Gauteng. With these tolls in mind we will get fewer visitors in Gauteng so what is the ANC going to cook up then. Do they really think that people working & living in Gauteng are rich!!!

      Lindiwe - 2011-02-15 14:08

      I think our leaders are addicted to Egoli

  • Road User - 2011-02-14 13:16

    Why are Gauteng motorists being discriminated against? SANRAL is a National roads agency, so why only target Gauteng residents? I will tell you why, because we are easy targets as we have no alternatives. When the Cape Town or any other roads in any other part of the country were upgraded before the world cup, who paid for those upgrades - I guess the taxpayer did, of which Gauteng residents are a part, so are we being asked to pay for ALL other roads as well as those in Gauteng? Discrimination is not allowed in our constitution and maybe we need to to get some legal advice on this matter. Please non-Gauteng road users, dont shoot me down, I dont think you should pay toll fees either as we all pay taxes and we all pay road levies in our fuel costs, but if we are expected to contribute, then it would be nice if the load was shared equally across all road users.

      THINKER - 2011-02-14 13:34

      Fair comment - but less than 20% of SA's population pays 90% of the tax - Oh, and a few hundred members of our government rather than the SA public live VERY WELL on the funds "borrowed" from the government coffers .... What if a new body was formed called the ANC - Abolish National Corruption???

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-02-14 13:17

    Shame !!!! this is what you voted for,

      MojoRSA - 2011-02-14 13:35

      It sure as @hit is not what I voted for!!

      Tracy - 2011-02-14 14:13

      I certainly didn't vote for this. As said earlier, the millions that did vote for the current government will probably not have to pay the tolls anyway, it will be the middle class who pay. Personally I believe that only those who pay taxes should be entitled to vote. What a difference that would make!

      masterjane007 - 2011-02-18 18:25

      I most certainly did not vote for these morons!

  • KK - 2011-02-14 13:20

    I agree it that is extremely unfair to the transport industry, but for the daily commuter from Pta to Jhb - julle het julle eie k@k gemaak. I made sure that when I was looking for a job, I did so close to home. I'm not a larney that wants to be able to say "I stay in Pretoria East/Silver Lakes / insert posh suburb here." And it's not that I cannot afford it either - I'm just not a snob.

      gary.gecko - 2011-02-14 15:18

      Well, I wish I could afford to stay in Sandton, but unfortunately I'm forced to stay in middle-class Centurion and travel to Sandton to work. Believe me, I would have loved to work in Centurion, if only I could find a job there. My choices were between Sandton and Jo'burg CBD so I chose the lesser of the two evils...

      KK - 2011-02-15 14:20

      I wouldn't be caught dead staying in Sandton either - I stay on the East Rand and work in Jhb. Additional travel bill per month - R100.

      masterjane007 - 2011-02-18 18:28

      KK you obviously have life very easy. It is not that easy for everyone. We do not all always have choices. As a white person in SA you have to take what you can get and if that means travelling 180km a day to and from work than that is what you have to do. If you are not affected by this then maybe you should keep quiet and leave the comments to the people who actually know what they are talking about.

  • Renegade - 2011-02-14 13:23

    Govt should cut the BS. Call income tax what it really is "politicians tax" for the greedy, unethical bastards and then consumers can pay additional taxes to upgrade roads, electricity infrastructure. So we pay the people who F##k up to F##k up and on top of that to repairs their F##k ups. F&&k the people that run this country. It is becoming hard to justify why I still live here!

  • Leasel - 2011-02-14 13:26

    I don't see how this is going to work. Surelly everything will go up, food, transport etc and an ordinary family will not be able to afford these additional expenses. Government just never thinks, implement things without doing the necessary research or anyhing.

  • Michael Kaudi - 2011-02-14 13:28

    This is bull!!

  • Holios Rampas - 2011-02-14 13:29

    New Rule - No Public Transport or Commercial Transport will be paying fares. Watch this Space..!!

  • jkoorts - 2011-02-14 13:30

    in comparison the western cape have nearly no toll roads. move your business down here, and vote for the other team ;)

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  • RIMRIM - 2011-02-14 13:31

    I drive +-4000Km on Jhb Highways every month. I pay 40% income tax, business tax, VAT, Petrol levies and duties. Over half my income goes to the state. Where is all the money going? I WILL NOT PAY FOR THESE TOLLGATES. F#@K the ANC.

  • kenny.mclellan - 2011-02-14 13:31

    Does anybody know what the fines will be for non payment? If we all stand together and just refuse to pay, there cannot be any action against us.

      Stryder - 2011-02-14 13:46

      Probably black listing with the credit bureaus.

  • Rem - 2011-02-14 13:32

    Viva ANC viva, to all the wise ones that voted for the ANC expecting a better life, this is exactly you get a sore butt of sorry sore butt of toll fees....

      Rem - 2011-02-14 13:36

      excuse the spelling and grammer...Juliarse and his members rubbing

  • WiseOwl2 - 2011-02-14 13:34

    Eissssh , but we keep voting ANC ??????

      masterjane007 - 2011-02-18 18:30

      I never voted for them you poepol! Yet I am the one having to pay! I can promise you the ones who voted for them will get away with not paying.

  • mutex - 2011-02-14 13:35

    er - it's a bit late now. the horse is already bolted and munching the neighbours lawn brothers.. and sisters.

      masterjane007 - 2011-02-18 18:31

      The only reason the horse got out was because some clever bugger opened the gate in the night and forgot to tell us!

  • Madelane - 2011-02-14 13:38

    This whole fiasco is your typical bureaucratic disaster.....what sort of idiots thought his one through....oh wait....they did'nt did they....then again maybe they did as yet another cash cow for the back pockets of the politicians!!!!!!

  • Debbie Petch (Brand) - 2011-02-14 13:39

    So many number plates/tags will be stolen - windows smashed - how do you PROVE it was NOT you traveling and that someone stole it and used it on a same vehicle as yours ?????? How are Zimbabweans going to pay with all their vehicles on our roads. The buck is going to be passed onto the end user !!! Money for nothing into back pockets - Corruption on a high !!!

      THINKER - 2011-02-14 14:01

      Typo Debbie - should it not read "Money for nothing into BLACK pockets ....

  • Ritmas Xitsavi - 2011-02-14 13:39

    we need to do what they did in egypt maybe they will pay attention, how do you expect a person to pay R66 a day just travelling betweeen pta and jhb?

  • mutex - 2011-02-14 13:42

    er it's a bit late now brothers.. the horse has bolted im afraid and is happily about to start munchin' on the neighbours lawn

  • Stryder - 2011-02-14 13:47

    No doubt some bright sparks will realise that if you steal a number plate form a car the same colour and model as yours that you will not be charged fees.

  • TinyT - 2011-02-14 13:50

    Thank you! Somebody finally decides to help us stand up for ourselves! The new system is so unfair, why will big businesses be able to claim back? Equality please! And if the tax that we payon petrol was removed, I would pay the tolls happily but I refuse double tax that we can't afford!

  • Wow! - 2011-02-14 13:51

    Lets face it this is just taxing the already over taxed middle-class. Why do I say this - well the unregistered cars owners will not be in the system, they will not have credit cards and in the normal tradition they will not give a stuff for these taxes. They will continue to use the road and the government will continue to ignore them BECAUSE following up on them will be simply impracticle. It is time for us - the middle class - to boycott this government through withholding taxes and generally showing them that we think they are a bunch of idiots.

  • Damphia - 2011-02-14 13:52

    My taxes paid to build the road, they paid to upgrade the road and they're paying to maintain the road ... now ... I must pay to use the very same road that I paid to build ??!?!?!?!?!?!