The public must be aware that lower Gauteng e-toll tariffs can always be raised later, the Democratic Alliance said on Thursday.
“It’s no use ‘sweetening’ the e-tolls by lowering the tariffs, as they can always be raised later,” Democratic Alliance MPL Jack Bloom said in a statement.
“Lower tariffs also make the e-toll collection even more irrational, as we could end up spending more on the collection system than on the roads.”
Bloom said the DA noted that government had approved the gazetting of the e-toll terms and conditions, including updated tariffs.
A 30-day period for public comment was given.
“Government will, at the end of 30 days, incorporate this round of public comment and publish its final position after a further 14 days,” it said.
Bloom said it was unfair to call for public comment without making the e-toll contract available.
“Public opposition will remain unless government can show that it is genuinely willing to address legitimate concerns by people who feel very financially stressed,” he said.