Gauteng to hear toll petitions in November

2011-10-19 12:01

Johannesburg - Petitions against the proposed Gauteng toll system would be heard in November, the provincial legislature said on Tuesday.

"Various organisations representing thousands of workers, communities and a political party have submitted petitions on the current tolling system within the province," spokesperson Sithembele Tshwete said.

"The committee has decided to handle the petition[s] as one petition and will be subjecting it to the petitions process of the Gauteng Legislature from now onwards."

Concerns had been raised as to the affordability of the tolls as well as the lack of consultation before toll gantries were built.

Motorcyclists would pay 24c/km, light motor vehicles 40c, medium vehicles R1, and "longer" vehicles R2.

Qualifying commuter taxis and buses would be exempted entirely.

Tshwete said it was hoped that through the hearing parties would begin to find a solution to the toll gate impasse.

The hearing would take place on November 11.

  • Piet - 2011-10-19 12:05

    Cadres where promised money for this deal! Of course they wil go ahead with it!

      Reshan - 2011-10-19 13:27

      They exempt Taxis, Gautrain undercut them, the better companies starting to offer work from home and soon trucks will also cut down thanks to emptier roads and better planning. Their cash cow may turn out to be a starved lamb unless they "attract business" to the highways...

  • Reshan - 2011-10-19 12:38

    Looking at the Gautrain buses during peak hours and it looks like they've already scared off most to alternate transport. Wonder what bright idea they going to use next to try to steal money from hard-working people? Pedestrian toll gates outside the Gautrain entrances?

      Travis - 2011-10-19 14:03

      For sure, Gov seem to constantly be cooking up ideas on how to milk the public. And then when Service Delivery is demanded there is no one to be held accountable and excuses left, right and center. It takes 60 mins to make a 25 min journey on the N1 due to bad road planning(every day traffic jams around William Nicol and Rivonia road), constant road works, and robots out around off ramps. Suddenly now I must pay to sit in this traffic. I have no other option but to go on the highway or take a 30km extra detour. Suddenly I am forking a considerable amount extra for something that was free before.

  • Shellerjc - 2011-10-19 13:53

    The Government all need new cars and we will be paying for their lavish trips over seas again. LOL

  • Gail - 2011-10-19 15:27

    One would hope that the committee actually considers all the petitions and their input. The impact of the tolls is immeasurable. I would have to stop working because an additional R1000 on my travelling would not be possible. They should actually name and shame the stupids who came up with this.

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