Tolls: Animals will suffer, NSPCA says

2012-04-17 19:30

Johannesburg - E-toll tariffs will severely impact on the ability of the SPCA to rescue animals, the organisation said on Tuesday.

"We do not receive any funds whatsoever from national or local government and exemption from Sanral [SA National Roads Agency Ltd] was denied," National Council of Societies for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (NSPCA) said in a statement.

Spokesperson Christine Kuch said accidents involving animals - overturned trucks carrying animals or vehicles with animals on board involved in accidents - did occur.

The council appealed for exemption in September but this was denied.

It argued that the council was involved in "emergency issues" such as disasters, rescue missions, animal neglect and abuse investigations.

Kuch said rescuing and removing animals from highways was a means of effective accident prevention.

"The NSPCA now finds itself in a position whereby we shall have no option but to use public funds to pay for our vehicles to be allowed onto freeways as we go to assist animals," she said.

"It is ludicrous - if not downright immoral - that our hard-earned cash will be used for the purpose of paying tolls."

Sanral gazetted new tariffs on Friday. It described an "alternate user" as someone "who does not have a valid and operational e-tag, is not registered with Sanral, and who is not a day-pass user".

On Monday, Sanral said alternate users would be charged R1.75/km, compared to the standard tariff of 30c/km for registered users.

It said the higher fee was due to the need to recover costs, including invoicing and debt collection.

According to Sanral, 300 000 road users had bought e-tags at the beginning of April.

The toll system officially launches on April 30.

  • Goempie - 2012-04-17 19:37

    They are a bunch of idiots.

      Msika - 2012-04-17 19:41

      They are a bunch of greedy, heartless thieves if u ask me.

      Msika - 2012-04-17 19:42

      They are a bunch of greedy, heartless thieves if u ask me.

      Piet - 2012-04-17 19:49

      Gauteng Spring!!!!

      robqb - 2012-04-17 20:23

      And here we were thinking that a democracy was where the voting public had a say in what happens in "our" country! I reckon we were beter off, in more ways than one, under the Nats.

      Jean - 2012-04-17 21:15

      This e-toll will be gauteng's downfall... Businesses are going to move and watch out Western Cape/KZN you will see a economic boom in your provinces! and on the nspca, it just shows how greedy those idiots have become!

  • Piet - 2012-04-17 19:49

    Hoax phone calls are being made warning road users that their cars will be confiscated if they are not registered for the Gauteng e-tolling system, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday. Who is going to waste money to do this other than Sanral??????

  • Jason - 2012-04-17 20:04

    What's the bet if this was election year e-tolls would not be implemented. Since DA did really well in Gauteng last time.

  • adam - 2012-04-17 20:12

    Please lets show who is boss in this country. Do not vote anc again, we cant afford the anc government. Vote for any other party, not anc. Lets all prosper together.

      Piet - 2012-04-17 21:07

      Yes Seshego, so you keep on following blindly!!

      adam - 2012-04-17 21:17

      seshego, I dont think you even own a car, are you old enough to vote??? Have you got no homework tonight???

      alansmartSnr - 2012-04-17 23:04

      @ Seshego.. Leë vat hou toe jou kraan, dan sien ons jou vir "n volle aan. I dont think this is a place for a grade 5 to voice an opion even if it is a stupid and uninformed one. Go and play on your PS2 rather than to try and cross swords with logical minds in this forum..Idiot!

  • catgirl1971 - 2012-04-17 20:13

    Totally ludicrous! Whose pockets are being lined here I wonder - the\r\ncANCer and co that's ruining South Africa????

  • mrenzi67 - 2012-04-17 20:15

    Yet another reason to boycott this. If they're supposedly going to exempt public transport vehicles, then surely vehicles being driven around for charitable purposes should be exempted too.....

      Bertus - 2012-04-17 20:24

      What public transport? Taxi's are privately owned companies and most bus services also. Today in traffic I saw 1 (one) Putco buss in a sea of cars. Simply put, there is no alternative which is reliable. No use standing and waiting for a bus when the drivers are off stricking. This is a whole joke and Gautengers should stand together with this!

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-17 20:54

    Shame on you, SANRAL

  • Craig Hopkins - 2012-04-17 20:57

    Just do what the majority of us are going to (or hopefully) do, don't bother with the e-tag

  • pws69 - 2012-04-17 20:57

    My theory: Certain ANC fat catshave made a deal with Austria vendor to pay a "commission" into a Jersey Islands account from every Rand collected. Instead of the once off Billions (Google Fana Hlongwane) made in the Arms Deal, they will have perpetual billions paid across to them. Far fetched? I think not.

  • Anakin - 2012-04-17 21:04

    SANRAL painted themselves into a corner by assuming that we (the motorists) were just going to meekly accept the e-tolls. If a high enough percentage of users do NOT register, then they are confronted with a billing nightmare from which they won't be able to escape as the system was not designed for such high volumes for "alternate users" and will immediately be overloaded with invoicing alone. It's NOT our fault that the Public Investment Corporation - an investment manager for state institutions bought R17 billion in SANRAL bonds with the civil servants' pension funds.So not ONLY will they have to send out huge volumes of invoices but they will have to set up a dedicated CALL-CENTER for all the "alternate" invoicing queries.And what happens if no-one pays the invoices? Does it become a "traffic offense"? There is no legal ground by which they can do this.So they will have to send their e-toll invoices by REGISTERED MAIL with colour photos on the e-toll invoice of where and when the user's vehicle passed under a gantry.And if users then still don't pay? The govt.gazette is snugly silent about HOW TO INVOICE all the "alternate users".WHY did SANRAL go down this road in the FIRST place and WHO benefits by having gantries and e-tags? A fuel-levy is infinitely easier to manage, but then all these buddy-buddy admin contract agreements become null and void.E-Toll vs. Petrol Levy:

  • Brendon - 2012-04-17 21:07

    This is a flipping disgrace! I cannot believe that a organization like the SPCA cannot get exempt from such a foul , corrupt organization, I will not PAY no money to SCAMRAL and I will go to court and even if they arrest me put me in jail with murderers and rapists I don't care! Because I'm sure the jails will be so full of ordinary motorists that the poor people of South Africa will be paying to keep me there! You want to vote for people that take and take! Vote sum more one of these days all you will be wearing is a little thong! And have a bow and arrow to try catch your meal for the day!

      Kala - 2012-04-18 09:56

      The NSPCA Can follow the rest of us South Africans and just not pay.

  • SA - 2012-04-17 21:08

    To right we all say no to e tolls!!! It is the government’s duty to create infrastructure and then maintain it with the taxes we all already pay - GET IT RIGHT, can’t the minister see what he is doing - all we need to help the SPCA, other organisations and the public to stop e tolls

  • Rob - 2012-04-17 21:08

    Before the 'punitive' tariffs was announced I cannot say that I was undecided...I had pretty much decided that I was not going to register, but my position was not entrenched. Since the announcement I am totally entrenched. Arrogant b*st*ards, if they believe that they have increased their credibility they are making a mistake.

  • Estie - 2012-04-17 21:16

    Bad news. Certain services should be exempt from toll tax. All emergency vehicles (ambulances and their support vehicles) as well as SPCA vehicles should have the freedom to save lives.

  • Adil Smit - 2012-04-17 21:20

    How is an Austrian company involved in e-tolling in South Africa?

  • markmc83 - 2012-04-17 21:32

    SANRAL can go to hell, I will never pay them. They even rip off the NSPCA, that's a new level of greed and corruption.

      markmc83 - 2012-04-17 21:55

      Firstly SANRAL is a private company, what right do they have to toll us for using the road? They want us to pay so much to use the highway, which is far below par of international standards. Some parts you need a 4x4 in order to not damage your vehicle. What about the issue of invasion of privacy, monitoring our every movement? Obviously some of the ANC are benefiting financially from bleeding Africa's CBD dry, otherwise this system would never have been implemented. Is this the start of communism? With the amount the middle class is being taxed with the poor supposedly benefiting (we know in reality it's only the few elite topdogs that are benefiting). This really does sound allot like the beginning stages of the failing USSR. Living in SA, you can't open the newspaper without being astounded at the daily increasing levels of stupidity, incompetence, greed and corruption. Seriously, I'm starting to think that the grass may actually be allot greener on the other side.

  • Wisemad Mcmawle - 2012-04-17 21:46

    This e tolling is affecting every body so we should all come together against it. Now petrol is R12,00 a litter and a loaf of bread is also R12,00 and now because this e tolling a loaf of bread is it not going to be R20,00 a loaf next year at this time of the year and if you drive from Pretoria to Soweto how much is it going to cost on e tolling and ever increasing petrol peoples we are getting poor every day we are going to those day where a loaf of bread is going to be luxury. Church councils,trade unions,ngo's,opposition parties and also government department should also join us to say no to e tolling .We can pay on condition 1 if patrol can be R5,00 a litter for next 5 years 2 Renewal of license disc should be half price for ever. People if we agree to do what sanral is coming with they'll do that e tolling thing the hole country and they'll build more of them.

      markmc83 - 2012-04-17 22:08

      It wouldn't be so bad if they accepted your conditions however, the fuel price is still related to the oil price so I can't see them changing that. I still don't see why we even have to pay this in the first place. This is a private company that is going to cost the country billions, most of that is simply going into their back pockets. The rich aren't going to suffer, they'll just take the highway less, maybe cut down on a few things. The poor are going to suffer the hardest as usual. When it's R20 for a loaf of bread and minimum wage is R10 an hour or something (for the small percentage people who are actually employed). Those people are going to spend most of their wages on getting to work, the could maybe buy bread every two days. What about their children and the future of SA? The a re really going to bring this country to it's knees.

  • eradingoana - 2012-04-17 21:48

    Surely if the SPCA is not exempted, the SAPS had to do the job because their(SPCA) existence is obviously not recognised.

  • Herman - 2012-04-17 21:56

    Damn, I will suffer under this dictatorship bs!

  • i.see.a.cupcake - 2012-04-18 08:21

    i will not pay any tolls. this is ridiculous. they can take me to court I'm sorry, this is inhuman!!!!!

  • Harold - 2012-04-18 08:40

    The SPCA needs to charge SANRAL everytime they ask for assistance to rescue animals.SANRAL THINKS ITS THEIR HIGHWAY AND ITS THEIR PROPERTY SO CHARGE THEM BIG TIME

  • teresam3 - 2012-04-18 09:22

    So we are being screwed again by the goverment! why must we battle along when our tax money is used to keep the fat cats well fed? WHY? This whole E- toll thing is madness, itell you- just another way for them to get their hands on our hard earned money. What about the new dog food tax that they Goverment want to implement........we are so screwed in this country : (

  • teresam3 - 2012-04-18 09:24

    We are screwed.

  • skootzie - 2012-04-18 09:24

    300,000 out of 11,328,203 (Gauteng Population Estimate)... 11,028,203 (eleven MILLION) people telling SANRAL to go jump in a lake, LOVE IT! :D

      christopher.j.combrink - 2012-04-18 09:41

      *high five*

      skootzie - 2012-04-19 06:13

      *manly fist bump*

  • natasha.wentink - 2012-04-18 09:26

    Brings new meaning to the term "highway robbery". Greedy little fat pigs.

  • janinekittyb - 2012-04-18 10:09

    this is absolutely disgusting. down with SCUMral!!!!!!!!

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