OUTA welcomes Makhura's e-tolls approach

Cape Town - Advocacy group the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) has welcomed Gauteng Premier David Makhura's statement during his State of the Province Address on Monday that e-tolls have not worked.  

As News24 reported earlier, Makhura told the Gauteng legislature that it was “loud and clear for all to see that e-tolls have not worked”.

The Premier said that he would be meeting President Cyril Ramaphosa to devise an alternative funding model.

OUTA, which has long opposed e-tolling, said it agreed with the Premier’s call for “a new and more equitable funding model to expand Gauteng’s road network and public transport system”.

“E-tolls have failed and have added to the cost of living for many motorists and public transport users,” it said. 

It noted that according to the South African National Roads Agency's (SANRAL) 2017 Annual Report, the compliance rate for e-toll users was just 29%. 

“OUTA will support all initiatives to get this scheme halted,” it said. 

Negative impact 

Rudie Heyneke, OUTA’s portfolio manager for transport, said: “OUTA is preparing a submission for the Minister of Transport and the President and will engage with the executive to show the negative impact e-tolls have had on the public and on the SANRAL budget and to propose alternative funding models.”

“The collection costs and litigation costs are too high when measured against the revenue generated by e-tolls,” he added. 

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