Bakery truck drivers told to avoid tolls

2012-04-16 13:05

Cape Town - Delivery truck drivers for Premier Foods' bakery division were apparently told to avoid e-toll routes or pay up, the Cape Times reported on Monday.

They were sent a letter stating the tolls were too expensive for the company. It told drivers at the Aeroton bakery in Johannesburg, which made Blue Ribbon bread, they should find alternative routes.

The letter, sent on April 4, reminded drivers that "this is being done in the best interests of our customers and consumers.

Any person who uses the e-toll roads will be responsible for the payment thereof".

Premier Foods regional bakeries manager Willie van der Linde told the newspaper he could not say how much the price of bread would increase if drivers used tolled routes.

He said keeping the product as cheap as possible was the motivation for this measure.

He said the letter had been an oversight by management, as although drivers were asked to avoid tolls, they would not be penalised if they used them.

  • NrGx - 2012-04-16 13:11

    and so the chaos begins!

      Justin - 2012-04-16 13:16

      all this is going to do is stuff up the residential roads that all the traffic will be traveling on from now on... i fully agree with them tho.. just dont drive the toll route!!

      Piet - 2012-04-16 13:21

      Jip Justin, the ANC never understands the law about action and reactions.

      Blertsie - 2012-04-16 14:12

      From now on I'll support this company that makes a stand for consumers. Next time I buy bread I will choose blue ribbon. :)

      Kala - 2012-04-16 16:17

      Why don't they do what the rest of the road users are going to do? Don't pay.

  • JohhnyBGood - 2012-04-16 13:15

    Hope these other routes can handle the traffic. I can see Republic and William Nicol road becoming the most congested in the world!!! Bwahahahaha, we are screwed...

      JohhnyBGood - 2012-04-16 13:15

      But I will NOT buy a tag!!! NEVER!!!

      stefan.vanderspuy - 2012-04-16 13:28

      10/10 to the ANC for shortsightedness, arrogance, greed and generally being fu**ing useless government.

      charmaine.rowlands - 2012-04-16 13:37

      i'm with you all the way JohnnyBG.... i will NOT be threatened or forced to do something by a government i never voted for in the first place. This is just another way for them to line their own pockets to the detriment of the electorate - EPIC FAIL - ANC!!

      Godfrey - 2012-04-16 16:26

      Did I miss the article/reason why COSATU has gone quite on this???

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 17:26

      @Godfrey, they are benneficiaries in the e-tolling system.

      George - 2012-04-16 17:28

      Happily screwed! There ia a difference. At least you'll have some money in your pocket.

  • Tuco - 2012-04-16 13:15

    We are going to witness a massive clogging of small roads and alternative routes, which are in the long run going to cost even more to maintain and repair. Thanks to the numb nuts from SCUMral and the ANC govt.You've really done us in this time.

  • Robert - 2012-04-16 13:19

    This is a good thing and will help with the fight against to eTrolls, the Premier foods Bakery trucks will now either jam up the alternative routes or drive in the toll roads "ilegally". We need to ensure that the drivers of these trucks doen't pay and that they do not get flak, the price of bread will not go up. We need more companies to boycott

      Gert - 2012-04-16 13:41

      Maybe the voters must find an alternative route for the anc---that is out of Parliament----vote them out------we might just as well vote malema in- (maybe he forms a new political party)-he can't do worse than the anc--they have just nationalised the freeways.

      Piet - 2012-04-16 13:53

      Privatised the Freeways....

      Judith - 2012-04-17 19:16

      @Piet - what you don't realise is that they HAVE been privatized, to a company in AUSTRIA....where our money will go - out the country....sad, sad, sad

  • Morne - 2012-04-16 13:19

    Can't blame them, most logistical operations adhere to such policies. Especially with fuel prices escalating above annual budget escalations, one has to find alternative solutions to cut down on operational expenses. Sanral and the ministry should have done a better sustainability survey....

      kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-04-16 14:45

      I wonder why our gorvenment its so greedy? SA's let's pray our God to give those who fight this battle the power not to turn back

      Riad - 2012-04-16 14:51

      @Morne: What makes you so sure that Sanral and the ministry have not done a better sustainability survey. Think again cause this sure as hell help them sustain their habit like an addict is to his daily fix

      Morne - 2012-04-16 16:27

      @Kasper: I would think perhaps misappropriation of funds and now they are looking to cover their assess with more revenue influx. @Riad: Having been in the industry for a couple years do, I would hope to know a little bit as to what might influence my livelihood and daily bread.

  • Piet - 2012-04-16 13:20

    And so the ANC's pipe dream of making billions for their lavish lifestyles of the cadres start to crumple! I will not get an Etag. Now only if pick and puke will also get on this bandwagon!

  • Jeffrey - 2012-04-16 13:21

    Was this really unexpected? With so much opposition to this toll programme it's a wonder they don't just abolish it. But that would mean acknowledging that SA belongs to the people, not the government.

      Alan - 2012-04-16 14:02

      what! You think this lot will change their thinking, and see themselves a 'servants of the public' rather than 'priviledged d*ctators'??

  • Ian - 2012-04-16 13:22

    Can't wait to see what's going to happen with this Toll sh*t... I hope that it's going to be one BIG flop! Public doesn't pay/register = No toll Roads... Easy as that actually.

  • Stephen Radebe - 2012-04-16 13:25

    That is a good move to find alternative routs. NO'T t.... Like uder ANC.

  • kenneth.roselt - 2012-04-16 13:27

    After reading this, same to my company drivers, memo going out this afternoon...

  • Izolohsm - 2012-04-16 13:30

    Sanral and some BEE consortium have already started counting the loot, ZAR signs all over their eyes. Come April 30th, all hell will break lose on the roads with people trying alternative routes, congestion, delays and that's how the economy crumbled!

  • Joe - 2012-04-16 13:33

    The drivers will ignore this, they will use the tolled roads because they will not be penalised. These guys are not going to battle their way through heavy traffic if they do not have too. Bread prices will increase as a result.

  • Dhavandran - 2012-04-16 13:33

    residential toll roads , here we come. this will be the response of the corrupt anc govt.arse about face.

  • Alan - 2012-04-16 13:36

    Cool - I will now buy Blue Ribbon bread!

      jowza1 - 2012-04-16 14:33

      we have short memories alan.this same company was exposed for price fixing not so long ago

      Keith - 2012-04-16 18:42

      But the price of bread has increased substantially since that case. The collusion seems to have kept the price down.

  • Jacqueline - 2012-04-16 13:37

    Now the government is literally taking the food out of the people's mouths thanks to the e-toll system. Et tu Sanral??

  • johan.r.erasmus - 2012-04-16 13:40

    This is one situation I believe all South Africans must simply prove we can stand together. Let us not be dictated to by government. Government works for the people and the people have decided this eToll system is unfair. I am certainly going to avoid toll roads and will instruct drviers to do the same. More goods not delivered on time, due to congestion. The public are going to pay, for these inconveniences.

      adam - 2012-04-16 17:56

      Johan, I am prepared for massive food increases, but the poor guys that vote anc are going to have it bad. Maybe they stop voting anc. What is the banking sector going to do with millions of returned debit orders, because the billing will go wrong, like the recent traffic fines, and the banks computers will just not pay and debit the account holder for letting it bounce. I so dearly want to see the govt lose its pension investment. 90% of your eggs in one basket case scheme?? DO NOT REGISTER, DO NOT PAY.

  • mike.bishton - 2012-04-16 13:48

    Well done Premier Foods for sticking up for it's consumers concerns.

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-16 13:53

    we gonna have empty highways...bwahahahahahaha!!! lets all boycott and so what if we late the economy will slow down completely and then Mr ZOOM ZOOM ZUMa can admit his stupidity

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-16 13:58

    hahaha we will never stand together most in this country dont have the balls.

      Piet - 2012-04-16 14:06

      Mike, I think this matter is different. We have grown balls to resist.

      Alan - 2012-04-16 14:09

      well - it's only people like you Mike. I will stand up against every single injustice that I can. Like Ghandi said - you have to be the change you want to see. That's the stand I take on extortion and corruption - I want to see it changes, so I STAND UP TO OPPOSE it.

  • Thoka - 2012-04-16 13:59

    lets do it south african way. protest and dig holes on freeway. LoL

      Alan - 2012-04-16 14:10

      No Need - The Pta- Jnb International Freeway is already cracking up all on it's own.

      Thoka - 2012-04-16 14:35

      Ooh gatta patata. they must investigate that construction co. it smells Malema.....

      kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-04-16 15:01

      Those who want( No Toll stickers) they must buy them from.( AA offices @ travelling exprience)from East Rand Mall its only R10 each. Let's show we don't want this with the stickers @ the of our cars.

  • Gail - 2012-04-16 14:07

    I imagine this is a standard instruction going out to company drivers. I mean it will cost our company an additional R200 per trip to Pretoria to do on-site work. I don't think our clients will be laughing about paying the increase and we certainly cannot affort it.

  • Mazimba - 2012-04-16 14:11

    First it was white elephant stadiums. Are white elephant highways on the cards?

      Alan - 2012-04-16 14:15

      One Jumbo F/u

  • Harald - 2012-04-16 14:16

    roll on inflation... in the name of corruption!!

      Alan - 2012-04-16 14:18

      More like in the same of 'self enrichment'

  • bretton.eveleigh - 2012-04-16 14:25

    This is one of the dumbest tax plans ever... the guys of SANRAL that thought this scheme up must be fired! Anybody can see that a small increase in the fuel levy would have been way preferable. Unfortunately the ANC are easily swayed by greedy/sneaky business men, simply because they greedy and sneaky as well!

  • - 2012-04-16 14:29

    this bloody anc government has had us by the balls for a long time. we're too soft on them. let's revolt... the egyptians did it, the libyans did it. why should we tolerate such crap???? this is dictatorship.

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-04-16 14:32

    Piet i hope so buddy before the canca and its agents go too far.

  • Martin - 2012-04-16 14:43

    At least Premier Foods is looking out for the consumer this time. They should collude with the other bread producers as well to avoid tolls.

  • Hugh - 2012-04-16 15:19

    Why dont the Truckers blockade the highways?

      Alan - 2012-04-16 15:24

      It will only take a few vehicles travelling at 40km/h along the highways to cause utter chaos.

  • Ruth - 2012-04-16 16:06

    My worry is that now the secondary roads, that were never meant to carry those weights and loads, will bare the brunt of all this.... Stupid stupid Sanral!

  • Brendon - 2012-04-16 16:22

    going to put my number plate on upside down, this should be enough to confuse the SANRAL E tolls.

  • Malose - 2012-04-16 16:45

    i love blue ribbon bread

  • George - 2012-04-16 17:27

    Well done Blue Ribbon/Premiere. Protecting the consumer against extortionist price increases. Guess what bread I will be buying. Don't get an E_TAG, DON'T PAY, NEVER. Stand together.

  • SA - 2012-04-16 21:28

    Premier Foods' bakery should not be charging their driver - instead they should be putting pressure on the government to stop these e tolls, every South africans should be protesting. This will be seriously bad for the economy and all its people - South African say no to e tolls - don’t sign up - don’t pay and see if the government can force the people to pay for the roads that have been there for decade - unity is strength.

  • wbrummer1989 - 2012-04-17 12:06

    Sanral tretining the people now!!!! Greed.....

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