E-toll tariffs exaggerated by critics – transport minister

2013-12-03 13:37

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Expected monthly e-toll tariffs have been exaggerated by critics, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has said.

“Expected monthly tariffs payable by light motor vehicles show that about 83% will pay not more than R100 a month, and 0.59% in the same class will reach the maximum of R450,” she told reporters at the SA National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral) operations centre in Midrand today.

E-tolling went into operation on many of Gauteng’s highways at midnight.

Peters said the decision to proceed with the electronic tolling system (e-tolls) on Gauteng’s highways had been made after due consideration.

“Sanral did not just wake up one morning and decided that it was going to toll certain sections of Gauteng highway,” she said.

Cabinet had also not just approved the project without applying its mind and taking into account the country’s transport policy.

“We are very disappointed that some of our citizens and leaders, including those who have in the past styled themselves as champions of the rule of the law, will not this time around accept the rule of the law,” said Peters.

Meanwhile, Cosatu has vowed to continue its fight until government listens to the people.

“December 3 will represent the day on which our government has refused to listen to the views of the people and the poor,” Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) Gauteng secretary Dumisani Dakile said today.

He said the government had demonstrated its stubbornness and unwillingness to co-operate with the workers.

“It represents a clear demonstration of cadres who have been power drunk and believe that they could do as they so wish,” Dakile told reporters in Johannesburg.

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