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Tolls: AA warns of disgruntled motorists

2011-08-11 20:03

Cape Town - The Automobile Association (AA) has raised the spectre of civil disobedience against tolling on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

Reacting to Deputy Transport Minister Jeremy Cronin's announcement on Thursday that Cabinet had approved reduced toll tariffs for the GFIP phase A1, AA spokesperson Gary Ronald said it appeared that all intentions of a fund to alleviate tolling had disappeared, leaving the public to foot the bill.

"The questions was - now what?" he asked in a statement.

While industry as a whole now waited for the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to announce the date tolling would begin, the AA did not see the implementation of tolls, even slightly discounted, as a "victory for the people on the ground" - as coined by government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi.

Rather, it seemed that with the exclusion of public transport from tolling, "the usual suspects" were left to foot the bill - which was more like another blow to the head of the motorist than a victory for the people.

"Commodities are going to cost more as a direct result of the tolls and effectively, the poor will be worst off."

The issue of civil disobedience would be the next hurdle for the government to overcome.

Next course of action

"If the public rally together and stand firm in the face of tolling by not registering for e-tags and flagrantly disregarding tolling costs and consequent fines, will the authorities have the wherewithal to manage a disgruntled five million motorists?

"Affected industry groups have been expecting the toll announcement and, now that the tariff has been set, will be considering their next course of action in the days ahead," he said.

Earlier, Cronin told a media briefing following Wednesday's fortnightly Cabinet meeting that motorcyclists would pay 24c/km, light motor vehicles 40c/km, medium vehicles R1/km, and "longer" vehicles R2/km.

Qualifying commuter taxis and buses would be exempted entirely.

In addition to the 31 percent e-tag discount, other discounts applicable would be a time of day discount available to all vehicles, and a frequent user discount for motorcycles and light motor vehicles fitted with an e-tag.

Cabinet had agreed that Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele should give effect to the approval in terms of the Sanral and National Roads Act, Cronin said.

Shocked

The Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) said it was shocked and angered by the announcement.

"Government had earlier promised that they would consult with the public before charging tolls," said spokesperson Patrick Craven in a statement.

"Yet at the only meeting to which Cosatu Gauteng was invited, they were simply told that the tolls were going ahead. That is not consultation!"

He contended that the widespread opposition to the toll proposal had been ignored, and that this would impose a huge burden on road users.

Craven warned that if there was no change to this policy, demonstrations, pickets, and stayaways would be planned.

"The federation will continue to demand as its alternative to tolled roads, an integrated, safe, reliable and affordable public transport system."

Excessive

In a statement, the Democratic Alliance's Neil Campbell said the toll fees as announced were still too high and would add unacceptably to the costs of doing business in the province.

"While we welcome the exemption for commuter taxis and buses, the private motorist will be hit exceptionally hard.

"We are still in the dark about the real costs of operating the e-tolling system, which is possibly as high as R14bn over eight years."

This seemed to be excessive and would be difficult to implement in a situation where many people were hard to trace and many licence plates were fraudulent.

The DA was concerned the toll fees would rise further over the years.

"We are paying the price for extremely poor planning by the Gauteng provincial government," Campbell said.

The SA National Taxi Council (Santaco) welcomed the exemption for taxis.

"The exemption relieves the taxi industry from the high operational costs that operators are presently struggling to survive in their day to day business operations," it said in a statement.

Soften the blow

In another statement, Business Unity SA (Busa) said the e-tolling system would still introduce significant administrative and cost complexity for business that would be felt right across the spectrum - by the tourism industry, manufacturers, and small business.

"The seven-day payment terms requirement still remains a concern, as it will cause cash flow disruptions.

"While we believe that the reduction in tolls and the exemptions granted to taxis and commuter buses will to some extent soften the pain to commuters, it does undermine the 'user-pay' principle and complicates the criteria applied in deciding which vehicles would be subject to tariffs and which not."

Busa said the cost impact on fast-moving consumer goods, particularly basic foodstuffs, would still be felt most significantly by working and unemployed poor.

Comments
  • Daveza - 2011-08-11 20:19

    If nobody pays when they receive the bill at the end of the month then what - arrest a few million people ? As for the taxis they get yet another freebie. High operational costs - no licence, no tax, no fines, now no tolls.

      The_Realist - 2011-08-11 20:26

      i am sure they will add it (plus interest, fines & penalties) onto vehicle licence renewals, then people will be fooked!

      michell 24 - 2011-08-11 20:28

      ja boet,another day in sa !!

      Atoombom - 2011-08-11 20:34

      @the realist. You are spot-on, but once again, stop paying licence fees alltogether and the fat black ANC's are fooked again. It's time we stand together against these heaps of sheet we call leaders

      Daveza - 2011-08-11 20:35

      I guess it's a numbers game. If enough people refuse to pay it will become an administrative nightmare. But then we are not a nation that has a culture of standing up against what we believe is wrong, unfair or just totally outrageous.

      cliffarc - 2011-08-11 20:37

      - Should this toll thievery go ahead , the people must take a stand for once and send a clear message to this govt. that we've had enough. This is a ripe opportunity for mass civil disobedience.

      umlaut - 2011-08-11 20:43

      Last year they passed a law that gave them the power to go into your account and take what they want=== called demoncracy

      Nicolai - 2011-08-11 21:26

      Join this group. Not sure if it is the biggest and official resistance one, but join anyways or help point us all to a group to join: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=143038395719482

      mike - 2011-08-11 21:36

      The law does not allow SANRAL or anybody else to add traffic fines or anything else to the cost of your license at renewal - so, please, do not be scared to become a civil disobedient like Daveza suggests - I am going to do exactly as he suggests!!

      brendaninsa - 2011-08-11 21:43

      The freebie is, Fqqt the other's if you do not rebel the other's will pay, well FQQ U i will not.

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:39

      Exactly - stand up for your constitutional rights. Check to see - you are allowed unrestricted access to public highways.

      Baddy - 2011-08-12 08:16

      I aint paying for anything!!! I do not use my vehicle to make money like taxis, I use mine to get to and from work. So they can shove their tollgates right up their a hole!!!!

      1gascan - 2011-08-12 08:56

      I WILL march down the N1 the day that these infernal pieces of metal are switched on. I don't care if it is just me, I am sick and tired of being bullied by the government - I pay enough.

      Melanie Walsh - 2011-08-12 09:40

      @ Mike. They don't add your fines to you renewal, but they don't renew your licence if you have traffic fines.

      cliffarc - 2011-08-12 09:55

      - This is clear proof that this govt. discriminates. Exempt the black taxis, but go for the soft white targets. They know the taxi owners would stage a mass strike and protests if the toll applied to them , but think the rest of us wont. Time to prove them wrong !

      Jules - 2011-08-12 10:13

      Just remove your numberplates and see if they can arrest everyone travelling on the highways - it is impossible...... If we all stand up and fight against this, instead of just accepting it, we will win the fight - and the best is we do not have to take off a day to "strike". All we do is remove our license plates and drive to work as we normally do! I for one will not pay this government any more money and will just use another route to get to work - fortunately I have a few options!

      VP - 2011-08-12 11:35

      You forgot no maintenance, if it breakes just Hijack another. If you sould get a fine(no bribe money available) just buy another ID, or go back to Zim or KZN for a vacation.

      gazzaz - 2011-08-12 12:40

      Lest we forget the most IMPORTANT aspect....NO obeying the rules of the road

      LBS - 2011-08-12 18:56

      Whites can't stand together.... sorry

  • Carlos - 2011-08-11 20:21

    I will not pay - where's my alternative route, as promised when tollroads were implemented?

      ariete - 2011-08-11 21:36

      They quietly amended the law when no-one was looking so that no alternative has to be provided

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:40

      Good. I believe you have constitutional rights to unrestricted travel. Check your rights.

      Gazza69 - 2011-08-12 09:25

      If everyone stands together on this issue, those tolls will soon become monuments to maladministration......don't pay!!!

  • zzer0 - 2011-08-11 20:26

    stuff it, i will not pay for this corruption and mismanagement

      SaintBruce - 2011-08-11 22:36

      There are points we have to consider: 1) Consultation with the ultimate payer - you and me - NONE 2) Gautrain cost over R 26 Billion and was supposed to alleviate the roads we had to cope with the volumes, so what reason to upgrade the roads as well - NO GOOD REASON 3) Importing technology means importing another countries inflation and having to pay handsome interest over the payback period - NOT A GOOD DEAL (South Africa is already borrowing heavily which enslaves us more especially the poor). 4) As an Importer of dangerous chemical products we have to use main routes which means toll fees - guess who is going to pay the increased cost? YOU the consumer - as it comes in, as it is distributed to the formulator, as he makes his product and delivers it to the wholesaler,who distributes it to the stores who sell it to you and you transport the article to your home. NOTE: there sis no clawback like with VAT, this is a straight COMPOUNDING cost onto all goods and services. 5) Even if the side roads get clogged, and they will, the net LOSS OF PRODUCTIVITY to the country will ADD to inflation and the spiral is kicked upward again! How can Cabinet Ministers not understand that extra costs like taxes and tolls are a FINE for productivity! They want more 'revenue' so they place 'fines' on our productivity as if it is a crime! Do the crime , pay the fine or stop being productive. This is a LOSE - LOSE scenario! Will this spark unity of civil disobedience?

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:41

      Good. I believe you have constitutional rights to unrestricted travel. Check your rights.

  • Photojockey - 2011-08-11 20:30

    So it means that the worst drivers, with the worst vehicles, driving in the worst manner and with the worst killer instinct will get away with literal and economic murder on our roads. The law abiding driver has to foot the bill for every law breaking taxi in Gauteng, and they all break the rules of the road daily. And of course, the JMPD do virtually nothing about it, except hide in big trees with big phallus lenses...!!!

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:41

      Good. I believe you have constitutional rights to unrestricted travel. Check your rights

      Mark - 2011-08-12 11:13

      THey are afraid of the taxi industry. Government if too afraid to mess with them

  • AquaticApe - 2011-08-11 20:32

    At least here in KZN every toll-road has a decent alternative route, albeit slightly longer. Of the course the result of that is that heavies end up using the suburban alternates that were not designed for the load resulting in excess local traffic and expensive road damage.

      Mark - 2011-08-12 11:16

      At least in KZN you will have the added time to brace yourselves for this madness that is still to come. No more alternative routes for you i'm afraid.

  • Atoombom - 2011-08-11 20:33

    I WILL NOT PAY A SINGLE SENT. IT IS MY RIGHT AS A TAXPAYER TO USE THE ROADS FOR FREE. My tax pay for some fat black politician's big car and the amount of money they (ANC) steal every day. EAT MY SHORTS

      EarthBound - 2011-08-11 21:51

      I am sure the fat cats will get an exempt to pay membership card? or even better register all their and their family's vehicles registration numbers on the non to pay list.

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:41

      Good. I believe you have constitutional rights to unrestricted travel. Check your rights

  • chiepner - 2011-08-11 20:38

    I wont pay. I want a discount on my tax I pay towards SARS. I want discount a fair percentage discounted for the money that gets funnled away by corrupt tendertrepeneurs and slimy politicians. I want the percentage amount of my tax that gets allocated to the department of roads and transport to be given back to me because apparently that is being used to procure shady dealings and offices rather than fixing and upgrading our roads and infrastructure. I want the amount being allocated to the department of health given back to me because our government health instatutions doesnt even have the proper working equipment due to more slimy politicians funneling away more money. I want the amount given back to me for each and every empty office the local municipality has to pay for but still they build brand new buildings and offices right next to the hundreds thats already sitting empty. I want all this because if this money was used in the correct way it would have meant that I should not keep on footing the bill for corrupt officials and politicians and exess costs like the toll road. Yet, when next election nears we will get promised things will change, corrupt will be dealt with and our money spend to build up this great country. We will be told things like "vote for change", "trust us" and after the electorate has been raped we will be forgotten once more. Thrown to the corner, bleeding a bit more while the fat cats dine and wine at the long table of greed.

      mba - 2011-08-11 21:01

      Hear hear. This cash cow has finally run dry and will not be paying for toll fees. What happened to the fuel levy? Until the government can answer they can f*ck right off.

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:41

      Good. I believe you have constitutional rights to unrestricted travel. Check your rights

      Happygas - 2011-08-12 07:34

      is there any law in the constitution that say we must pay TAX??? the ANC is going to far,thay must have there heads right up the arses.

  • JudithNkwe - 2011-08-11 20:45

    This is undemocratic and affects the poor the most! Let's form a movement in opposition fast - right NOW!

      All3 - 2011-08-11 23:07

      I'm no expert, but those new toll gates looks highly flammable... This used to be a fun house, but now it's full of evil clowns... ...Shall we start the countdown?

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:37

      You are right, and I believe that they have done something that restricts the rights of EVERY citizen - and that is not in our constitution. Search the web for your rights and organisations which are standing up for us. I cannot advertise these here, but they are legitimate and they do exist in SA.

  • Mixyez - 2011-08-11 20:45

    If enough people use the slower alternatives, then the roads will be gridlocked, business will suffer and the tolls will end up as white elephants. When the expected revenue is not generated then they will have to either drop the tolls or improve the alternatives.I agree with many of the comments that we should not have to pay for something that has always been therer with no viable alternative.

      warickw - 2011-08-11 21:51

      I agree but for how long will business allow there employees to use the back roads when the highway is wide open? Pay tolls or loose your job?

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:42

      You are right, and I believe that they have done something that restricts the rights of EVERY citizen - and that is not in our constitution. Search the web for your rights and organisations which are standing up for us. I cannot advertise these here, but they are legitimate and they do exist in SA.

  • StoneAngel - 2011-08-11 20:47

    As a motorcyclist for the past 50 years all I can say what a fantastic opportunity LOST to get more people using an economical means of transport - NO TOLL FEES FOR MOTORCYCLISTS!

      cliffarc - 2011-08-11 20:51

      - Hmm - no toll fees but bigger hospital bills.

      The_Realist - 2011-08-11 20:54

      StoneAngel, "motorcyclists would pay 24c/km", which is MENTAL, if more motorcyclists were on the road = less congestion, but it's ALL about the MONEY. i have no idea where one put the e-tag (if they were going to bother using one).

      Commonsense - 2011-08-12 08:06

      Now thats a brilliant idea.

      Kenneth - 2011-08-12 08:42

      Just take off your plates...

      Jules - 2011-08-12 10:21

      agreed @ kenneth - if we all do it for a week or two they will realise they are losing precious income and then they will hopefully negotiate a better, more realistic rate for all! For those who do not know exactly how they work, if you go under a gantry and the next one is 5kms away, you will be charged for the full 5kms, even if you get off the highway 1km later...... It is the only way they can charge as there are no gantry's at the on ramps and off ramps! Food for thought, itn't it.

  • Wishbone - 2011-08-11 20:51

    I'm certainly not going to hand over my hard earned cash easily - I say let the thieving scum work hard to get it out of me!

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:42

      You are right, and I believe that they have done something that restricts the rights of EVERY citizen - and that is not in our constitution. Search the web for your rights and organisations which are standing up for us. I cannot advertise these here, but they are legitimate and they do exist in SA.

  • Ho Hum@24.com - 2011-08-11 20:51

    Here's a plan...just requires a bit of sacrifice..and some of your time...plan to "break down" on one of the toll roads at a strategic point...on the way to or from work....I suggest you just stop & remove one of the wires from the battery terminal....I'm sure there are lots more inventive ways...stop the car and open the bonnet...with luck there will be at least 2/3 other people doing the same thing around the same time and geographic spot...result? Massive traffic jams...massive disruption....massive damage to the economy...works for the taxi drivers, and no law is being broken...sad that it had to come to this, but a boer maak a plan...

      Nicolai - 2011-08-11 21:17

      I say we just use the highways (which we already paid for in Income tax and Fuel Levy). Our highways...we already paid for it. We use it. Simple as that. Ignore bills...DO NOT GET THE E-Tag! Civil Unrest here we come! Gatvol!!

      StoneAngel - 2011-08-11 21:18

      Many and I may add many years ago in Cape Town a motorcyclist got ticked for parking in one of the side streets in a parking spot normally allocated for cars. Word got out to all those terrible motorcyclists to arrive early in town by bike and to each park in a car parking place in the centre of Cape Town ( I think it was a Monday morning) . There was chaos as none of the motorists could park in the centre of town - bikers were not popular for awhile but there was no more trouble from the traffic authorities! Maybe the same type of tactic should be employed.

      warickw - 2011-08-11 21:54

      The other day they posted a story about a department that was paying R3.6 million a month for an unoccupied building. Maybe if we didn't waste money like this they could remove the fuel levy get petrol down by R2 a liter and we would be a much happier nation.

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:43

      You are right, and I believe that they have done something that restricts the rights of EVERY citizen - and that is not in our constitution. Search the web for your rights and organisations which are standing up for us. I cannot advertise these here, but they are legitimate and they do exist in SA.

  • Nicolai - 2011-08-11 20:51

    I wont register for an e-tag...and I won't pay. Time for our own little riots to break out...burn those gantry's to the ground I say. Show these morons that we are the people...and we've had enough...who is with me?

      mba - 2011-08-11 21:02

      Me for sure. tell me when and I'll light the match.

      ProudlyKgomo - 2011-08-11 21:52

      This government is definitely taking us for a ride. This etoll scam is the shortest route to bring London-style riots home to GP!

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:43

      You are right, and I believe that they have done something that restricts the rights of EVERY citizen - and that is not in our constitution. Search the web for your rights and organisations which are standing up for us. I cannot advertise these here, but they are legitimate and they do exist in SA.

      Kevin - 2011-08-12 07:05

      Come on SA . Even the Brits riot better than us. Do not pay and tell the Gauteng thugs that 4 c a kilo is still a rip off but will be considered as long as taxis pay the same as a medium sized vehicle and have an ars# holes surcharge

  • Sandy - 2011-08-11 20:53

    No way am I paying more than a taxi to use the tolled roads !! And no way am I paying if I travel at 20km/h between Rivonia & William Nicol everyday - at least sort out the traffic !

      warickw - 2011-08-11 21:56

      14 people divided by 40c a km is around 3c per passenger compared to the 40c per person like the rest of us.

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:43

      You are right, and I believe that they have done something that restricts the rights of EVERY citizen - and that is not in our constitution. Search the web for your rights and organisations which are standing up for us. I cannot advertise these here, but they are legitimate and they do exist in SA.

      Mark - 2011-08-12 11:22

      @warickw, i think you got your maths right but your taxi logistics completely wrong. Where have you seen a taxi with just 14 people on board??

  • Ederik - 2011-08-11 20:54

    They wasted millions on the tolling infrastructure. Guess which ANC buddies got all the contracts. Worst is that the toll fee will mostly be used to fill their pockets even further with a small part actually getting to road building or fixing! By just using the taxes on fuel allready collected (and used for anything but roads) they would have more than enough for roads. And this method does not need any extra infrastructure at all. The whole reason for tolling is to enrich the fat cats. Boicot them, do not pay licences, whatever. The reason taxis are excluded is because they know damn wel that the taxi operators will cause chaos if they had to pay. Any chance of the taxi guys doing us a favour for once and create that chaos?

      Worker - 2011-08-12 06:43

      You are right, and I believe that they have done something that restricts the rights of EVERY citizen - and that is not in our constitution. Search the web for your rights and organisations which are standing up for us. I cannot advertise these here, but they are legitimate and they do exist in SA.

  • gatvol4corru - 2011-08-11 20:54

    Not for me,i will avoid them as far as possible. can not see why i must add to the corrupt comrades war chest

  • Brent - 2011-08-11 20:55

    Pay se moer, enough is enough . I am a law abiding citizen, taxi owners dont pay tax , I do. NO NO NO NO NO payment ever.

  • Weisskopf - 2011-08-11 20:56

    The very vehicles that destroy the road and cause most of the accidents excempt????? Let's all buy Mini Busses ........ There will be a tariff hike in the very near future.....work out the rest ...

  • Bokkie 36 - 2011-08-11 20:57

    I don't know who it was, but on the news on Sabc TV tonight,this person had the temerity to say that the money has to come from somewhere to pay for these roads, thus, the tolling, but isn't that what we pay the levy on petrol for?

      Nicolai - 2011-08-11 21:10

      You are 100% right. We already paid for the new highways...not our fault the Govt used that money for cars and parties and over sea holidays and flights and a million weddings...

      gazzaz - 2011-08-12 12:44

      EXACTLY!!! GRRRRRRR

  • pastorjakes - 2011-08-11 20:57

    If Taxies are not going to pay Tollfees in Gauteng then I suggest that we start driving them off the tollroads. If they want to drive free lets get them off the raods. Make it hell for them block them in. puss them off. Do what ever is nesserery to make life hell for them

      Beam me up - 2011-08-11 21:24

      pastor, a Freudian slip, you mean push?

      Peter Gardner - 2011-08-12 11:28

      the taxi industry has stated that even though they are exempt they will stand by COSATU and the rest of us in opposing the tolling system. Don't get the moer in before you inform yourself.

  • pastorjakes - 2011-08-11 20:58

    If Taxies are not going to pay Tollfees in Gauteng then I suggest that we start driving them off the tollroads. If they want to drive free lets get them off the raods. Make it hell for them block them in. puss them off. Do what ever is nesserery to make life hell for them

  • Snurtle - 2011-08-11 21:02

    Nice, now we subsidize public transport. Soon we'll be subsidizing public health care and public pension as well. Hell, the ANC doesn't need no nationalize the banks: it's taking all our money in any way!

  • Griffen - 2011-08-11 21:06

    Poll taxes brought Maggie Thacther down. Let's do the same with out toll taxes. Don't register and don't pay. Period.

  • Malcolm - 2011-08-11 21:09

    Is there any way we cn use the consumer protection act to turn the tables ? We dont have to buy e-tags, they can bill us for using the freeway..but with all the false number plats out there wht happens if you are incorectly billed for using the freeway ?? So wht hppens if you dispute the bill SANRAL send, will they send photos to prove it WAS you ?? The traffic dept send photos with fines, your water and electric bill is supported by meter readings, so what will SANRAL do to PROVE tht is your car they are billing ?? FOOD for THOUGHT

  • Jean - 2011-08-11 21:19

    "victory for the people on the ground" I suppose he refers to the fact that tey got the whites to pay toll and the poor left behinds get it for freeee again as they get everything else. This is a nice way to build a nation and build trust. No wonder there is no nation and no trust. They are too scared of the Taxis that is why. ANC planned this from the beginning.

      vis vang - 2011-08-12 01:52

      From your post can one infer that whites are the only people in SA that own cars and pay taxes? How's the weather in La-la land?

  • Ken J May - 2011-08-11 21:26

    Let's Riot!!!

  • brendaninsa - 2011-08-11 21:28

    Do not register for E tag, when they send you a bill (via your number plate}, do not pay it, let's see how many they take to court.

  • Juan Viljoen - 2011-08-11 21:31

    Talk talk, getting us nowere, stop trafic that will let them think we have all the tools e-mail twitter ext. take a date and lets bring JHB to a stand stil, we can keep on bitching or do something about it, ever seen how fast a good jok gets sent around on e-mail

  • Geo Farmer - 2011-08-11 21:32

    OOP'S!!! Reading the comments posted.....Methinks our CORRUPT ANC REGIME is going to have a slight problem.

  • enema_malema - 2011-08-11 21:33

    All these guys are doing is forcing more and more people to break the law, avoid paying tax, gypo the tolling system, etc, etc, the list goes on and on, if the government officials are all crooking the system, why can't we all do it.

  • brendaninsa - 2011-08-11 21:35

    JUST DON'T PAY. STAND TOGTHER

  • warickw - 2011-08-11 21:48

    I would just like to find out if registered taxi's can drive on the highway for free then surely people who are willing to car pool can get the same treatment. My other concern is that R2 for large trucks!! The Pick n Pay depo is in Melbro they can only use the highway. This means that general consumable prices are going to sky rocket. So whether you take the plunge and use the highway or use public transports or the back roads the implication of the tolls are going to hit everyone. Then once we get used to that we can start complaining about the new NHI program that is coming into effect.

  • chris.ashby1 - 2011-08-11 21:53

    ok so how do we register as a taxi.....? simple woorkaround.

  • ProudlyKgomo - 2011-08-11 21:56

    eToll sy moer!

  • Ken J May - 2011-08-11 22:30

    K@K en betaal, dis die wet van Transvaal!!!

      50something - 2011-08-12 08:20

      Nie in hierdie geval nie my ou maat

  • Roadwarrior - 2011-08-11 23:15

    Google Wikipedia for the Rebeca's Riots in Wales, says it all, nothing is new and gives you direction on how to take the fat cats on.

  • wesley hinstridge - 2011-08-11 23:32

    reading the article above is actually a very sad thing because not only are 500 000 people losing their jobs now, the rand is back up to R7 40 against the us d, petrol goes up due to the strike (so we told), police headquarters 500 000 000 rent for the offices, the gautrain which the average person wont be using at all due to high prices, our telecoms are amongst the most expensive in the world, our interest rates are higher than most places, our food prices are sky high even though we grow everything here in south africa and now this. all the government is doing is creating more poverty, when will someone wake up and do something about it, oh wait, we cant because remember since 1994 this and that and the other. im so sick to death of hearing about 1994 on subjects that all this needs to come to an end. i have a BEE company and have fantastic relationships and friends of all races so this comment is no where near racial but seriously SA Government, all this has to come to an end. 40c per km for the average person is absolutely crazy plus fuel prices and and and. the governments answer is they want more people to use public transport,WHAT PUBLIC TRANSPORT, a taxi, sure thing and be killed in an accident, a train and be robbed everyday to work and back, a bus yeah im sure it will stop outside my work via soweto. enough is enough now and the sad truth is no matter what we do and say we all just have to ,DEAL WITH IT.or riot like in london, OH WAIT, WE DONT RIOT, WE STRIKE......

  • White Knight - 2011-08-11 23:47

    The time has come and commuters will stand together this time and strike and refuse to display the tags or pay the fines. `the all cylinders f*ing' government has finally gone too far. Just watch the chaos when commuters block the highways.

  • melvin.rautenbach - 2011-08-12 00:30

    This seems like a great opportunity for nation building. All races unite against a common cause. Exactly what South Africa needs. For once in the forum people aren't shouting at each other, but everyone is shouting at the government. Now this is a novel development.

  • Worker - 2011-08-12 06:33

    I am told that the charging of a fee to drive on a public road is not constitutional. I believe the constitution allows free and unrestricted use of public highways. There are people who have successfully challenged the tolls.

  • ANC support - 2011-08-12 06:39

    Great way to deviate the attention from Malema and Cele issues at hand. Nothing like shock treatment to steer the boat in opposite directions. Tell you, ...these f#&*^$@rs are way more clever than U think!

  • Rob_666 - 2011-08-12 06:46

    It's easy, The Jhb motorists ow the metro more than R 1.8 billion in unpaid fines, we can do the same with the toll, don't pay, simple

  • ariete - 2011-08-12 07:05

    There's one good thing - all the taxis will be on the toll roads, so the untolled roads will be safer, while they steadily wipe everyone on the toll road out

  • Maldoosema - 2011-08-12 07:06

    Your CONSTITUTIONAL right to FREEDOM and right to MOVEMENT is being infringed...your CONSTITUTIONAL right that is... which this government has implemented, is the RIGHT to STRIKE....let us practice our CONSTITUTIONAL rights...as a RAINBOW NATION..

      Stevie - 2011-08-12 10:24

      The right to strike is an action taken against one's employer. This requires an action against provincial government. A strike will only hurt the economy and does nothing to hit the government where it hurts. The question is, what hurts government the most that does not require violence or breaking the law?

  • Rob_666 - 2011-08-12 07:10

    It's easy, the JHB motorists ow the Metro R 1.8 billion in fines, we can do the same with the tolls, don't pay, simple

  • Babba x - 2011-08-12 07:16

    Another African coountry ruled by blacks falling

  • ronaldv83 - 2011-08-12 07:21

    If I may suggest, take alternative routes to work and back until you can confirm that enough people are refusing to pay or the government is forced to increase the amount of “back roads” for commuters, If the highways are empty long enough or if they are forced to create more roads at there cost they will stop the tolling.

  • Darren - 2011-08-12 07:25

    Taxis free, and these parasites pay no tax, cause more delays with their driving style, put 100's of people in the hospital every month and now we subsidise then even more. It could be constructive if they they got 1 or max 2 fines for speeding, reckless driving, overloading and they would then loose the privalage. This applies to the vehicle and not the driver, that should piss the owners off enough to get of their fat, lazy asses and take responsibility for the mayhem they cause.

  • 50something - 2011-08-12 08:10

    This will unite SA motorist - let's oppose this in every way

  • dare.myburgh - 2011-08-12 08:14

    Anybody buying E-tags is supporting a corrupt ANC organisation.