E-tolls: ‘Fuel levy unfair to non-Gauteng residents’

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli says 99% of travelling on South Africa’s road network happens outside the tolled Gauteng roads.

“99% of the overall national vehicle kilometres are not travelled on this road network,” he told the e-tolls review panel in Pretoria today.

The panel was appointed by Gauteng premier David Makhura in July to examine the economic and social impact of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and the electronic tolling system to fund it.

He said using the fuel levy, which opponents of the e-toll system had suggested be increased to fund the roads, was neither adequate, equitable, nor efficient.

“Are we going to get these guys [non-Gauteng residents] over here to fund us over here in Gauteng?” he asked.

“Is it always going to be this thing ... we say everybody lives off everyone else? Is that what we going to be promoting? Or are we going to be looking at things differently?”

According to the SA National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral) projections, by 2023 an additional R5.87 would need to be added to the provincial fuel levy to fund road maintenance and expansion.

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