No e-toll protest blockade, RFA says

2012-04-13 22:28

Johannesburg - Reports that the Road Freight Association (RFA) planned to blockade roads in protest against the Gauteng e-tolling system were unfounded, it said on Friday.

The RFA was unable to determine the origin of rumours circulating on various electronic media that it had planned a mass shutdown of the toll roads, spokesperson Gavin Kelly said.

RFA members had not been involved in such blockades and did not intend to do this.

"Should such an action be envisaged, the association would timeously inform the general public and related affected role players," Kelly said.

The association was, however, concerned about the implementation of the electronic tolling system, including issues around registration, collection and dispute processes.

The e-toll system was expected to start on April 30, when motorists would be charged for using major highways around Johannesburg and Tshwane. Billing would be determined through an automated number-plate reading system.

Earlier, the SA National Roads Agency Limited announced it had started a trial of the billing system. Motorists using the toll roads might receive test invoices, whether or not they were registered, but these did not need to be paid.

  • Mark - 2012-04-13 22:35

    "Motorists using the toll roads might receive test invoices, whether or not they were registered, but these did not need to be paid" Yes and get used to it SCAMRAL

      Piet - 2012-04-13 23:16

      we aint going to pay......the end.

      VaMbozha - 2012-04-14 13:34

      more money wasting in printing the test invoices

  • motlatsi.moshanyana - 2012-04-13 22:54

    Who eva came with dis idea,I say big up 2 u.Dis e-tolling wil only make ppl suffer

      Piet - 2012-04-13 23:15

      the ANC came up with the idea to privatise our road network.

      KenB - 2012-04-14 07:02

      Your English teacher must be so proud of you

      VaMbozha - 2012-04-14 13:36

      dis english teacher

  • Hans Heydra - 2012-04-13 23:09

    The date of the first e-mail was 1st April... Get it... I was hoping this was not a fools idea. I really wanted an organisation with clout to put s stop to e-tolling.

      SaintBruce - 2012-04-14 15:13

      The best 'clout' is an organised YOU and ME ! The R 550 cap is equivalent to a full tank of petrol in my car which gets me about 800 km or just on one and a half weeks travel to and from work. It also represents a quarter or 25% of my monthly grocery bill. So , to be able to eat I will use side roads even though the freeways actually give me better fuel consumption figures which will add to my 'cost' to get to work. It is that 'cost' to get to work that has an effect on spending and thus the economy of Gauteng. This is real. less money to spend means a slower economy and The Showerhead can kiss job creation goodbye! Don't buy an e-Tag Don't use an e-Toll Road Don't try to block those roads (they are getting their own 'cops') Don't give SANRAL any income - collapse their money making scheme I have not seen ONE (1) e-Tag on a car in the past two weeks of looking. The most powerful VOTE is with your wallet! Remember it was Financial boycotts and economic pressure that broke the back of the Nats and not the 'struggle' efforts or border wars. We can do it. YES WE CAN !

  • Diphapang Maponya - 2012-04-14 00:31

    so basically i hear that taxi's are not paying to use major high ways and we are encouraged to use them the very same people that cause more havoc on the roads accidents over loads aswell we should trust them with our lives ? hell no i wont pay for something i wasn't consulted about and been forced to pay because people are in debt! think first and stop been a damn ass!

      Irene - 2012-04-14 03:12

      I want to know what's so special about taxis. Why shouldn't they also pay. Is the anCancer scared of them?

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-14 07:31

      ANC are fearfull of intimmidation and I wonder how much more the taxis will be over-loaded for the free ride? I predict major carnage on our roads! Also wondering how vehicles whos plates are not legible like trucks - their little plates that are often hidden beneath a sheet of mud and muck and new vehicles with temp plates in windows, often illegally displayed on side windows or behind tinted glass? What about neighbouring countries how will they be billed (this all if no e-tag displayed). Blue light brigades would noit be charged I'm sure, just as well, because it is the tax-payer's money anyway! If these guys with no e-tags or illegable plates pass through the gantrays, how will the authorities be able to follow up on this this? Regarding motorcyclists, lets say they attach the tag to their handle bars if they have a tag, they will have to remove the gadget each time they park anywhere and carry the gadget with them because this could be stolen and used by thugs - this brings me to another question, are the tags water-proof? In essence what will happen to perpetrators not conforming to the new regulations? It is also said that non-frequent passers-by through Gauteng can purchase an e-tag at booths, I wonder if they are geared for long queues? How successful is the current testing phase? Many more questions cross my mind, but too little space to write it all down - I'm just wondering whether the authorities did ther homework/research properly?

      Hugh - 2012-04-17 15:05

      My next car is a Merc Vitro; then get it registered as a taxi

  • Gregory - 2012-04-14 01:36

    Sanral has said those who cannot afford electricity because of the recent fuel price increases can burn the sanral invoices to warm their food and need not pay.

  • Cheslin - 2012-04-14 03:32

    South Africans are struggling enough financially as it is without being burdened with this ridiculous toll. Well done to the W Cape for kicking out this e tolling idea. Shows that the people have a voice.

  • elenor.besteman - 2012-04-14 03:53

    This is really bad news! Hoped that it was true. Once again.....WHERE ARE WE GOING TO GET THE MONEY TO PAY FOR THIS? One question that government can not answer!

  • Toofaan - 2012-04-14 06:04

    Damn !!! Really wanted the protest. Just hope something happens in the next 2 weeks to stop this madness. OK, I'm a Durbanite, but if Gauteng doesn't stop this, it's gonna come down here. Please Gauties - Give em Hell - no e-tags and don't pay !!!

      seanpresherhughes_1 - 2012-04-14 07:33

      Yes, probably Durban, Bloemfontein and Cape Town!

  • makhoanatebogo - 2012-04-14 09:57

    yaaa ne, the black government, da 1 dt privatiz evrythng now ppl hv to be charged for riding on a mere tar. \wow\. i \tel me why are we so blind to see that the onse we hurt are u n me\ if only man kind could reduce greed.

  • william.nettmann - 2012-04-14 10:45

    I don't understand what all the fuss is about. We need the roads, and roads cost money. Whatever is spent on roads (and electricity generation, water purification, education, health care, etc) will come back into the economy multiplied many times due to the economic growth that it enables. That is a fact, not just an opinion, Google it. However, all that money that gets spent does not fall off a tree somewhere, we have to work for it and invest it. Thus, I am assuming that a) nobody objects to decent roads (and other infrastructure) and b) that we are all adult enough to understand that we have to pay for it. I have heard that if corruption, etc, was stamped out, there would be enough money to pay for the new roads without tolls. If that is true, and it probably is, we should all be up in arms about corruption, and not toll roads, because the corruption money could either have reduced our taxes. I have heard that tolls will drive prices up, so therefore the roads should be paid for from an additional fuel levy. Someone please explain how it is that one form of tax, i.e. tolls, will drive prices up and an extra fuel levy won't? If we can figure that one out, I am all for dropping VAT and income tax, and just having an extra fuel levy. I have also heard that the "user pays" principle is wrong - so why aren't we all demanding an extra fuel levy or some other clever tax to pay for our electricity and water?

      Mike Purchase - 2012-04-14 11:53

      Typically the revenue gained from this toll wil be stolen

      IcemanGP - 2012-04-14 12:56

      The tolls are corruption.

      Mark - 2012-04-14 13:26

      William. To answer your question: 1) E-Tolling collection fees cost far too much (especially in this case) -very little gets back to the actual roads. As opposed to no addition cost-of-collection if added to fuel levy. 2) "User pays" principal ignores that we all expect reasonable and sufficient road infrastructure. Gauteng's is INSUFFICIENT for the purpose (traffic volume), whereas, for example, Bloemfontein's roads are still sufficient for purpose. 3) The principle of taxing people going to work, ie URBAN TOLLING is iniquitous to say the least.

      flysouth - 2012-04-16 17:05

      We have already worked for that money and 'invested' it in tax and especially in Fuel Levy tax - SA is now one of the highest taxed countries in the world! Far from stamping out corruption,this new 'tax' on road use is yet another corrupt deal whereby vast new streams of cash are being forcibly taken from the citizens of SA.A large portion will then be taken to fund the admin of the toll roads (which includes untold salaries and no-doubt massive benefits for management of SANRAL,Tolcon etc), but with at least 80% of the profits being paid out to foreign interests. Somewhere in the mix money will flow corruptly to individuals who had a hand in organising this money-tranfer and laundering scheme. Interestingly the Austrian/Swedish company which gains the most and which has licenced the use of the toll system, used to be known as SAAB and is in fact a consortium formed by SAAB and British Aerospace - ring any bells from the Arms Deal?

      Hugh - 2012-04-17 15:12

      Willem; its the Govnts responsibility to build the infrastructure to support economic growth. A company doesn't charge its clients for their own capex. The upgrades were done without Govnt consultation on the Tolls; but since they have bought in; we now have a situation that 17c to the R1.00 is toll fee; the rest, 83c goes to a private Austrian Company. Our public roads have in essence been given to international private enterprise to profiteer out of the citizens of this country. You okay with that?? If so, then go buy your E-tag and pay up.

  • IcemanGP - 2012-04-14 12:53

    Test invoices that will accrue interest.

  • Gerald Jordaan - 2012-04-14 15:20

    Taxis to pay tolls equals chaos...that's why the ANC et Sanral exempted them!! Where is Vavi now? Big talk no action...he's tjoep stil..ANC got to him! We'll have to go it alone!! Up yours ANC et Sanral!!

  • Ryan - 2012-04-15 08:18

    This is a pity that it was a rumour, however a great idea! Let us the TAX payers of this country take a day for protest! Get our gas braai's out and stop on the highway for a social protest and a borrie! We need to start pushing back!

  • flysouth - 2012-04-16 16:55

    perhaps the RFA should reconsider - or are they going to simply roll over and let SANRAL financially rape their members? I guess it does not matter to them as they will probably just pass all additional costs on to their customers. However it says something about the calibre of the Association and much about why we have massive inflation in SA, when such associations cannot be bothered to join with citizens in a righteous protest!

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