Convoy hits highway to protest tolls

2012-03-27 21:38

Johannesburg - Cars towing caravans, motorbikes and other vehicles will protest in convoy against e-tolling on the highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria on Thursday, said the Freedom Front Plus.

"We want to force government to scrap the toll system completely. The government has to understand that the public's opposition against the system will not go away," FF Plus spokesperson Anton Alberts said on Tuesday.

The protest was being held under the banners of the FF Plus, the National Taxpayers' Union, the SA Caravan Association and various motorbike clubs.

"We believe that the general protest will also carry the seed for the systematic development of a general tax protest against exorbitant taxes and poor service delivery," said Alberts.

More protests were being planned until the end of April, when e-tolling was scheduled to start.

He said the protest convoy would leave for Johannesburg from the Shell Ultra City on the Ben Schoeman Highway at 07:00 on Thursday.

"There will be various collections at busy intersections where motorists will be asked to make a donation toward funding legal action in exchange for a protest sticker," he said.

Cabinet recently gave the nod for e-tolling on Gauteng freeways around Johannesburg and Pretoria.

With effect from April 30, motorcycles with e-tags will pay 20c/km  and those without, 38c. Light motor vehicles will pay 30c and 58c respectively, and non-articulated trucks 75c and R1.45.

Articulated trucks with e-tags will pay R1.51/km, and those without R2.90. The cost for motorcycles and light vehicles will be capped at R550 a month.

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