Ok so yesterday i saw that the DA Western Cape leader, Ivan Meyer, released a press statement on SANRAL’s proposed tolling in the Western Cape on the N1 and N2. The most telling fact presented being that based on current toll tariffs of R27 per car, commuters travelling from Khayelitsha and Mitchell’s Plain would effectively be paying R58 per day for a round-trip…R290 per week and R1160 per month. Basic math, but pretty telling none-the-less.
Helen Zille this morning said on social media “The DA will fight tolling highways in Western Cape. SANRAL, backed by the ANC, is trying to implement the same here as Gauteng. Say NO!”. And of course everyone in Cape Town is backing her.
Now here’s the thing…i’ll happily pay a toll.
But i want SANRAL to justify why.
And also for them to clear a few things up in this email i recieved yesterday saying e-tolling is just another scam for the enrichment of a few.
1) To fund the road costs by way of a small addition to the fuel levy would cost absolutely nil in collection fees.
2) The proposed tolls collection costs amount to nearly 40% of what you will pay under tolling. 40% versus nothing. Where is the reasoned thinking?
3) The collection fees (R5 billion a year) goes offshore to Austria, far from the auditor general’s reach and oversight powers. Petrol levies stay in S.A. and are audited.
4) R5 billion exported impoverishes us all. Our current account is already disastrous.
Wayne Duvenage says we already collect R40 billion p.a. in fuel levies, much more than we need to sustain decent road structures.“
Now i went to check where they got that last bit and indeed Wayne Duvenage had the following to say via Business Report.
“The current R40 billion a year collected in fuel levies should suffice for all road construction, if it is allocated accordingly. But it is not. It goes into the general fiscus pot and not all of it gets back to roads, which is why we are in the predicament we are in. ” [iol]
Now i’m far from an expert on tolling or SANRAL’s reasoning…i’m just a dude who wants to know why the f**k we need tolls on the N1 and N2.
And i’m sure i’m not the only one.
Would be nice if someone from SANRAL could explain it. But i’m not keeping my hopes up.
Some relevant articles and websites that address the f**kery of e-tolling.