Disabled protest against tolls

By admin
04 December 2013

About a dozen wheelchair-bound Gauteng residents gathered at the Rivonia e-toll customer service centre to protest against the lack of an exemption for disabled people from e-tolls, The Star reported today.

Democratic Alliance members demonstrate against the signing of the e-toll bill into law outside the offices of the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) near the Modderfontein off-ramp in Johannesburg, Friday, 27 September 2013. President Jacob Zuma signed an act legalising collection of the tolls earlier in the week. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA They were reportedly members of the QuadPara Association SA (Qasa).

'E-tolls tax the poorest of the poor,' and 'E-tolls will paralyse us'.

Qasa chief executive Ari Seirlis said government and the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) had promised the disabled an exemption, but never implemented this promise as legislation.

According to the newspaper, the group arrived at the centre in Johannesburg yesterday to apply for tags that would ensure they wouldn’t be charged for using the freeways.

The group was told by the centre's manager Ali Ndou that there were only exemptions for drivers associated with public transport.

"We've been burnt by Sanral . . . We [Qasa] had tried to consult with them even as late as last week, and we have still not had a response," Seirlis was quoted saying.

The crowed then protested outside the centre. They set a wheelchair on fire and reportedly shouted, "E-tolls tax the poorest of the poor," and "E-tolls will paralyse us."

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