Drivers oppose e-tolling - survey

2012-06-08 20:10

Johannesburg - More than two-thirds of Gauteng drivers have not or will not buy an e-toll tag, a new survey has revealed.

Released on Friday, the study found that 72% of drivers in the province disagreed with the entire concept of e-tolling.

"The numbers in our survey simply confirm... opposition with the intended non-co-operation of Gauteng drivers," said the researchers.

The survey was conducted by the marketing firm Ipsos before an interdict halting e-tolling temporarily was handed down in May this year.

In a similar poll done last year, 69% of drivers questioned said they would pay e-toll fees, provided that the fees were affordable.

This was prior to the release of the final tariff rates.

In the latest study, almost 64% of the drivers believed the tariffs were unreasonable, even taking into account the discounts for frequency and time of day.

Ipsos said 63% of the drivers wanted the government to find an alternative to e-tolling.

"Support for the system has dwindled to a very large extent. One could speculate this is a result of a few factors, such as the prospect of the system actually being implemented, the bad publicity around the system and the unfortunate miscommunication of the project from its inception."

In a separate statement, SA Road Federation (SARF) came out in support of a mixed approach to finance the country's roads.

Spokesman Malcom Mitchell said about 95% of costs should be financed through general taxes.

Heavily trafficked and expensive roads such as Gauteng's upgraded freeway system should be financed through charging users.

"The public does not object to being billed directly for utility usage, nor for paying a portion of its education and medical costs directly," he said.

"Why then does it object to paying a portion of road costs on the basis of usage?"

  • lance.trent.kilkenny - 2012-06-08 20:41

    "The public does not object to being billed directly for utility usage, nor for paying a portion of its education and medical costs directly," he said. "Why then does it object to paying a portion of road costs on the basis of usage?" 1. Because road users have paid for those roads through fuel levy anyway 2. The whole project has been mired with greed, lies and no transparency 3. Those running the project are corrupt, liars and thieves 4. If in doubt, ever, refer back to point number 3

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-08 21:57

      Hammer on the nail. Well said Lance.

      Barry - 2012-06-08 22:01

      And we are tired of corrupt leadership thinking they can do as they please to line their pockets & even try to use the constitution against it's people even though the constitution is there to protect the people from this type of exploitation...

  • Sharon - 2012-06-08 20:43

    Give these people a medal! So the penny finally dropped that motorists are not happy about etolls. I thought they'd never figure that out...

  • Press - 2012-06-08 20:45

    Problem is this - Government must reveal during the consultation stage what a new infrastructure will cost when testing the public opinion and getting the public's buy in. But Governmnet knows it will never reach the stated targets because of its terrible history of not delivering projects on cost and on time because of a plethora of policies designed to accomodate mediocrity and reward those who contribute the least. Take the Gautrain - what started as a project touted to the public to cost about 3.7 million during the consultation phase ended up costing 28 Billion and counting. No sane person would buy into any project proposed by someone with this track . . . . . forget the notion of "consultation" - its mere windowdressing soon to be followed by exessive exploitation through projects enforced on a captive public . . .

      Burtfred - 2012-06-08 21:20

      Please get your facts straight before chirping. 3.7 million turned into 28 billion? Really? Rubbish.

      Press - 2012-06-08 21:40

      @Burtfred.brown - ooppsss SORRY ! - its now 30 billion - here go and read at And the 3.7 billion - oops Sorry again it was 3.5 in 2002 see here at Sorry for the rubbish.

      Theo - 2012-06-08 21:49

      @Burtford-brown any Moron with half a brain will realize @Press just made a simple typo. Fact is the Gautrain ended up costing 10 times more than the original budget. Go play in your sand box.

  • Sagin - 2012-06-08 20:54

    this is the only way that the Johannesburg motorists will win this all important battle. By standing together and refusing to fold to threats and propoganda. united we stand , divided we fall. The productive members of our society are sick of being fleeced at every turn. Black and white south africans who are working to get ahead and create a honest life for themselves and their families are sick of being robbed by all and sundry while our hands are tied by laws and lack of competence in all spheres of government controlled essential services.

      Andrew Cooper - 2012-06-08 21:05

      Can government not see that the rising costs of everything is having a huge impact on us South Africans. the price of petrol is the highest it has been in SA's history and they still want to hit us with high toll fees. I would not mind paying a reasonable toll fee if the price of petrol was a lot lower.

  • gerard.rayepen - 2012-06-08 21:25

    you had to do a survey to find this out

      henk63 - 2012-06-09 08:48

      Yes Gerard, all the opposing noises thats been made before had no effect. They just don't get it. They will keep going "Oh?? You don't like being ripped off?? Oh my, I didn't know!!" Fact is, they were caught with their grubby little hands in the cookie jar. They should accept defeat and scrap the whole thing.

  • Stephen - 2012-06-08 21:38

    wake up and stop being selfish gauteng drivers, you for years have complained about the roads and congestion! Now they have been made great and you don't want to pay for it! well I have got news for you, a lot of South Africans don't live in Gauteng, seldom visit Gauteng and dont want to pay for your roads that you are going to enjoy. I AM TAXED ENOUGH ALREADY I DONT WANT TO PAY FOR YOUR ROADS.

      Pieriewaaier - 2012-06-08 21:55

      No matter where you live outside of Gauteng, you benefit from those roads. Your exports into Gauteng and Gauteng's exports to you where ever that may be, such as foodstuffs and fresh vegetables, meat, etc etc, benefit you and all South Africans. That aprt from the fact that the whole project was ill-conceived and is clouded in sleaze and corruption, makes no sense cost-wise, etc. Do you also agree with that? And this is the reason the Gautegers are up in arms, not just the cost of e-tolling.

      Press - 2012-06-08 22:00

      And wherever you live - Gautengers contribute the most to the national roads in your area.

      jaysonpaul.beckwith - 2012-06-08 22:08

      This is a pilot project. If it does succeed, Expect to see them on a hi-way near you soon.

      logical007 - 2012-06-08 22:19

      The congestion is as bad as ever, nothing has changed..... the Hi-way N1 between Rivonia And Malibongwe is so strange (not smooth) its disgusting! This was done for soccer world cup 2010 if I remember correctly -Why not use the profits from that to pay for the roads?

      henk63 - 2012-06-09 08:56

      @Logical007 - Did the world cup produce any profits? I don't know for sure, but my guess is it cost the country dearly. A recent article about Cape Town's stadium says it cost R44m per year to maintain added to the construction cost of billions, and there is no income. There are plenty of those around the country. The country is hemorrhaging money faster than the government can print it, and we would be better off if the decision makers were sent back to their kraal.

      Edwin - 2012-06-10 13:54

      you are such a MORON and wherever you are from - Free state, KZN or CT. WE as GAUTENGERS HAVE ALWAYS paid tollfees going to ANY of the other provinces - even if it was just for 1 single trip!!! WE don't live there - but we still PAID!!! Get off it or I'll go there and get you OFF it with 1 single SLAP!!!

  • Mike Purchase - 2012-06-08 21:38

    We will boycott that until it ends its just the beginning....

  • BulletProof - 2012-06-08 21:42

    They build them in such away that in certain parts the tar as being removed again to rebuild, why? They just put a layer of tar on the top of the existing infrastructure. And the cost of rebuilding, should we pay? They thought they could crook the all nation.

  • Bryan - 2012-06-08 22:48

    Who's bright idea was this E-tolling anyway? With 73% of users refusing to participate, there is absolutely no hope of it ever succeeding. With households budgets stretched to beyond breaking point and everyone up to their hairroots in debt along comes E-tolls from the most corrupt government in africa. We can kill this thing quickly with a "3 million man march". The ANC and all those who are role players will have no choice but to scrap it.

  • Irene - 2012-06-08 23:21

    Don't buy e-tag don't buy! Don't buy e-tag don't buy! Sound familiar Jackson?

  • Irene - 2012-06-08 23:23

    What did the entire Gautrain project cost? What was the cost to add an extra lane to the existing highway? There's something very wrong here!

      henk63 - 2012-06-09 08:58

      Wasn't the cost more or less the same? I would like to see them answer this one.

  • tessidy.terrien - 2012-06-09 01:55

    Lets do an interview mister minister and I'll educate you on why your plan can't work. One of the reasons is you not going to even pay for the tolls when they are implemented. Just to get you started.

  • cjhellyar - 2012-06-09 10:40

    Sounds just like motor sport management who have lied in a formal report to SASCOC who is too stupid to realize it.

  • cjhellyar - 2012-06-09 10:42

    Sounds just like motor sport management who lied in an official report to SASCOC and they are too stupid to realise it.

  • Enlightened - 2012-06-09 11:50

    Anyone who doesn't rebidly oppose this latest demonstration of african ineptitude should undergo psychiatric tests. But as usual, we South Africans see only to the tip of our own noses in as much as "it will only affect drivers" It wil affect EVERYONE or do you think the retailers are going to give you the added cost of transport as a donation. It will be added on to every aspect of life. It does not matter how much they explain that this or that will be excempt or at reduced rates. It wil ultimately be charged. Trust me

  • kasper.mbayi2 - 2012-06-09 12:19

    Scamral began again they even joined by Mr Gordam

  • zs5zk - 2012-06-24 19:25

    It is impossible to imprison the whole of the people of South Africa. " CIVIL DISOBEDIENCE " the LANGUAGE of the MAFIA Organization. The ANC.!!!!!

  • - 2012-08-13 17:34

    Why pay for e-toll when our roads are still undergoing roadworks and the state of the roads are in a hectic condition. Why should we use our hard earned money when we risk our lives anyway travelling on these "new" highways! Utter crud!

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