Tolls remain suspended

2011-11-01 15:20

Johannesburg – The planned tolling of roads in the country remains suspended, the transport ministry said on Tuesday.

Spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso said the suspension included the planned Phase 2 of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Plan (GFIP), the Cape Winelands, and the Wildcoast.

"With regard to GFIP, it is important to note that there's a clear distinction or separation between Phase 1 [almost completed] and Phase 2 [no work has started as yet]," he said.

"The GFIP Phase 1 is almost complete and we would like to hear alternative views from the public on the best possible model of financing the debt incurred."

The outcome of the public hearing would be guided on how best to service the cost of Phase 1.

"It is not only objections that we received; there are also proposals on how best to service the cost," Rikhotso said.

"We cannot say, come February we go live; we will be guided by the outcome of the consultation process."

He said Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele's suspension instruction meant GFIP Phase 2 would not begin until all consultative processes had been exhausted.

Ndebele ordered a halt to all road project processes related to the tolling of national roads on October 23.

Rikhotso said the Cabinet had already made pronouncements on GFIP Phase 1 when it released revised fees which included major discounts for regular users and total exemptions for public transport vehicles.

The Cabinet agreed that light motor vehicles would pay R0.40/km, medium vehicles R1/km, "longer" vehicles R2/km, and bikers R0.24/km.

Qualifying commuter taxis and buses would be exempted entirely.

Rikhotso said Ndebele would request the incoming board of directors of the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to prioritise the resolution of the financing model regarding the cost of GFIP Phase 1 amounting to R20bn.

This would complement other processes currently underway, like the ministerial task team and the planned public consultative processes in Gauteng.

Gauteng public hearings would be held from November 11.

He said the ministry was calling on all parties concerned to take advantage of the planned consultative processes to share with government their views on how to fund better road infrastructure without hurting consumers' pockets.

"The minister believes that while we require good road infrastructure to support the country's growth and development initiatives, this shouldn't leave a heavy financial burden on the shoulders of the consumer," Rikhotso said.

  • Larry - 2011-11-01 15:25

    Another fine example of the planning skills of our government, if it wasn't so tragic, it would make a good comedy.

      Ann - 2011-11-01 15:48

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  • thabzmadi - 2011-11-01 15:25

    May they remain suspended forever!!!

      Silver - 2011-11-01 15:49

      That would be nice.

  • Cheryl - 2011-11-01 15:28

    Investigate the anc officials involved- they were going to steal the toll money but are too afraid to now......and would rather wait till things quieten down.

  • Lana-May - 2011-11-01 15:33

    I still dont see why we have to pay but a taxi doesnt have to.... I transport people from Pta to Joburg, why cant I be classified as a taxi??

      Du - 2011-11-01 17:32

      Lana-May het jy verf?

  • Marion - 2011-11-01 15:33

    Unfortunately only phase 2 is really suspended according to what I saw the Deputy Minister of something or other say the other day. Phase 1 is still going ahead. Seems it may just be the cost of the toll that could be revised. Or maybe they just want to pretend that they are consulting and then go ahead anyway. You can go to to make your voice heard on the subject. I think it is ridiculous that the very rich and those with company cars will get their tolls paid for by the government, their companies etc., The very poor will travel toll free in taxis and buses. The middle class who have to travel to and from their jobs are the ones who will actually feel the effect of this in their pockets the most. But f*** them anyway. They're privileged to have jobs and cars. Would have made a lot more sense if they simply upped the petrol levy by a couple of rand countrywide and that way they could start 'saving' toward the toll roads they will ultimately introduce in urban areas in all provinces.

      Alan - 2011-11-01 16:02

      Valid point. Roads are National, so why should only some commuters be expected to pay for them, especially when there are no viable alternatives??? In my case for example, there is no possibility of using the Gautrain (assuming it becomes reliable one day), and there are no alternative roads to use. So suddenly at the current 'rate' I am expected to fork out an extra R1190 per month (after tax money) so that I can go to work. Problem is I don't have the money, so what am I supposed to do to find a whopping R1200 per month? Petrol Levy should pay for all national roads - it is after all one country, and making the cost of business in Gauteng exhorbitant is completely unfair. I dont think any proper planning went into this by Govt. They just expected people to moan a bit, and then cough up. Problem is that everybody is struggling, and getting more G*tvol by the minute. Less corruption - more fairness!!!

      Bakers - 2011-11-01 16:09

      A few cents on the petrol would be enough Marion. VAT increse would be safer as SARS is the only part of the system that works and i would trust them to collect the money and see that it was paid over. The problem then starts at that point when the other grubby fingers get involved. GFIP sounds like a personal members improvement plan.

  • ashne.segal - 2011-11-01 15:36

    As per usual no thought was put into this and no consultation with the public! May they never be put into practice!

  • deon.fourie - 2011-11-01 15:38

    Easy. Set up a task team to recover funds from state corruption. You'll pay off these roads upgrades in no time.

  • Zebedi - 2011-11-01 15:40

    Here is a proposal on how to service the cost, Mr Rikhotso: use the money that we get taxed on every litre of fuel that we buy, after all it is specifically earmarked for this purpose.

  • Jeremy - 2011-11-01 15:44

    Pay government officials minimum wage and use the saved money to pay the debt off. That would be patriotic...

      Trevor - 2011-11-01 16:06

      imagine there was no corruption, our country would have been in a surplus 10 fold

  • marschoeman - 2011-11-01 15:45

    Everyone is missing the bigger picture... The toll fees were being "investigated" and as soon as the elections passed, the "revised" tolls were announced. Next year the ANC leadership election happens. The ANC has clear cracks in their ranks, and this is only another tactic to get elected into leadership position within the ANC. As soon as that has happened,the planned tolls will go ahead no matter what...

      StirMonger - 2011-11-01 16:18

      The bigger picture is that "further planning" is suspended. The stuff that's in place WILL be used. That means GP drivers will pay. I've yest to see the business model that states clearly the income & expediture plans. Pehaps another reason for the hoped for info blackout. GP drivers - looks like your going to have to fund the election party.

  • Mark - 2011-11-01 15:47

    Avoid tolls - buy a taxi.

      Alan - 2011-11-01 16:05

      Whaahaa - Avoid Tolls - buy a taxi is fine ... but then we need to avoid the Trolls....

  • mastersvoice - 2011-11-01 15:47

    "The GFIP Phase 1 is almost complete and we would like to hear alternative views from the public on the best possible model of financing the debt incurred." Let's start by using the bribes and kick-backs inevitably received by some corrupt officials. Then let's fire the officials that came up with this idea, and use their would-be salaries. Also fire corrupt traffic cops and their bosses. Next, start by enforcing traffic laws, and ensuring fines are paid. This should net quite a bit, because the corrupt cops have been fired.

  • thabiso.motsoeneng1 - 2011-11-01 15:51

    it is my opinion that this system be indefinately suspended, it is in no way going to benefit our people, this 40c initiation fees will be increased in shorter times because capitals pursue profits

      Alan - 2011-11-01 16:07


      Ubabamkhulu - 2011-11-01 16:16

      Huh? huh? Toll fees are to keep roads in good conditions. You do not find pot holes on toll roads. (or for very long) The benefit to you and me is a good raod. Capitals (sic) do persue profits, you are right, but this is about toll fees, Thabiso!!

      Gerald - 2011-11-01 16:38

      @ Ubabamkhulu You will not find potholes right now because the road surfaces are still new BUT what about the road surfaces on N1 in Randburg area that has moved so badly that the yelloow lines look like zigzags. ALSO YOU GUYS; the tols that we would have to pay would be for a service eg good surfaced highways. What happens under the CPA when the service that we expect from the tollroads is not up to standard eg lanes are closed because of resurfacing flooding truck broken down or accident. Remember the adverts that stated that getting to and from work would be so easy and quick, if it is not then that was false advertising SANRAL is a private company providing a service, lets tell SANRAL what we expect on a tollroad for the toll fee that they want us to pay. Breakdown trucks and other emergency vehicles every 10 Kilometres so that accidents can be cleared as quickly as possible, NO fees payable while accident scene has not been cleared and no fees when road is being resurfaced. REMEMBER WE ARE SANRAL'S CUSTOMERS AND CUSTOMER IS KING

  • Jerolan - 2011-11-01 16:08

    I am not against the tolling of our roads, I am against the way in which the roads will be tolled for everyday usage. I do not agree with the way in which this has transpired. The gantries were built, offices have been set up. Large amounts of capital costs have been incurred. Whichever way we look at it, we the common man will cough up. Why there was no consultation and consensus amongst the public before all of this, we will never know. What is even more disturbing is that the Minister comes out now and fights against it. WHY NOW? Why not all those years ago when it was first thought off? Does he have an hidden agenda? Was he too scared to say something? Clearly he never wake up one day and say, HOLD UP, this is wrong. Costing the motorist at R500 - R1000 a month to travel and work and back is absolutely ludicrous. Many people dont have this to spend. Wake up and think you fat punks. all this will do is make a few people filthy rich and cause more harm to the people of our country.

  • Ubabamkhulu - 2011-11-01 16:12

    You should maybe place toll fees on all tenders.

  • joelle.niven - 2011-11-01 16:18

    Who causes the most accidents on our roads: taxis and buses. Who get to use our roads free of charge: taxis and buses. Yes, because that makes sense.

  • Stephan - 2011-11-01 16:21

    Take that e-tag and shove it up your a-hole, maaifoedies!

      Christopher - 2011-11-01 16:30

      What everyone should do(but sadly wont) is not pay....not register and not pay, end of story. i know i wont....what they gonna do? shove us ALL in jail? in order to fight corruption we at time must be corruption...

  • Luke300 - 2011-11-01 22:23

    Very simple. Recover ALL the misspent money by ANC cronies and revover all moneys from debatable contracts awarded to fund these initiatives. I believe it's billions

  • Gwen - 2011-11-02 07:51

    I need a Break!! Why do they keep on talking about it? I also wondered why. Just like you, I was also puzzled every time they try to conceal it when they include it in the topic. All I know, This is the place for Travel insu ... Just do a G00GLE search for “TravelSureRevy” and click the first site that comes up.

  • ari.pheiffer - 2011-11-02 09:20

    it's time to take to the streets can we also march now... We need to occupy Sandton

  • Du - 2011-11-04 04:16

    Hou dit so vir lengte van tyd en daarna.

  • Du - 2011-11-04 04:26

    Blatante disrikrimnasie in 'n kommunstiese staat

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