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Motlanthe: Less congestion sought

2012-06-15 17:46

Johannesburg - E-tolling was intended to help reduce congestion on Gauteng's roads, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said in Johannesburg on Friday.

"The Gauteng freeway improvement project was conceived as part of a strategy to solve the problem of congestion on the Gauteng highways," he said at a meeting between Business Unity SA and the inter-ministerial committee on the Gauteng freeway project.

"Having considered various options for decongestion... government came to the conclusion that the user-pay model was the most equitable.

"So, as we discuss various funding options, let us not lose sight of the fact that in the end our highways must be decongested."

Motlanthe chairs the committee set up to deal with problems on Gauteng freeways, after an court interdict halted e-tolling pending a full judicial review. The government has since approached the Constitutional Court to appeal against the interdict.

Motlanthe said peak times on the highways extended by 15 minutes every year, and the congestion had a negative impact on the economy.

Most of the roads had reached the end of their design capacity.

Comments
  • judith.taylor.56 - 2012-06-15 17:29

    Most thinking on infrastructure has reached the end of design capacity and we sorely need some thinkers who can see how to give us a safe public transport service which runs on time and has proper timetables

  • gerald.king.589 - 2012-06-15 17:32

    Build a new road. Toll it. THEN we'd glaaadly pay to get OUT of the pta/jhb standstill. Even at a premium youd coin it.

  • paulus.deboer.3 - 2012-06-15 17:37

    So if user-pay is the way to go, why exclude taxis from paying? To reduce congestion, what about truck-free hours, eg during peak time?

  • paulus.deboer.3 - 2012-06-15 17:37

    So if user-pay is the way to go, why exclude taxis from paying? To reduce congestion, what about truck-free hours, eg during peak time?

  • Paulnicomp - 2012-07-20 18:14

    You cannot cherry pick your principals. Either apply the user pay principle to every thing in which case there is no need for tax as the user pays for everything he uses. Or apply it to nothing. What govt really means with the user pays principal is that tax payers pay for everything at least once and twice for things that they actually use like roads, health, education and security.

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