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E-tolls in Cape Town: some facts for you to think about
Posted by on Apr 16th, 2013

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.

DA Western Cape leader, Ivan Meyer – Tolls to hit Khayelitsha, Mitchell’s Plain the hardest

AA (Automobile Association of SA) disappointed with e-tolling saying it is a complete diregard for the process of law.

OUTA – Why we oppose e-tolling

[thanks Jarrod]

April 04, 2013 at 10:14 am

Lets say we need the extra cash from tolls/fuel levies to pay for better roads. I don’t think that anyone would be against paying that then, as long as we have a lovely network of roads to drive on right?

The beauty of a fuel levy is that once a year BP, Sasol, Shell etc. write out a cheque for R40 billion, SANRAL pop it in the bank and everyone is happy.
The tolls take billing, hire cars, if you drive a GP plate in the Western Cape how do they bill you and its going to cost an absolute fortune. The UK looked at this system a few years ago and realised it was just wayyyyyy to expensive to run to be viable.

Geoffrey Chisnall says:
April 04, 2013 at 10:14 am

So would that be R54 for N1 AND N2 or would that be per toll gate?

Savage says:
April 04, 2013 at 10:14 am

Not sure…from what i gather it would be similar to the Hugenot tunnel tariff. R27 one way. So if you come from Stellenbosch into town and go back it would be R54 either way on the N1 or N2

leightz_sa says:
April 04, 2013 at 10:14 am

the worst thing is… we all gooi a big whoo haa (steers) BUT WILL END UP PAYING. like they going to/are doing in gauteng-aleng. we need to fight till they throw this idea right out, or not fight at all. fighting till they implement will just be a waste of energy and time, on everybody part

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