National Assembly Approves E-Tolling Bill

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Legislation paving the way for putting e-tolling on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) into practice was approved in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Introducing debate on the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, Transport Minister Ben Martins said the bill was essential to enable "the appropriate implementation of the e-tolling system".

These measures were required to implement the GFIP and to facilitate provision of public transport and other projects in Gauteng, he said.

He rejected calls for e-tolling to be scrapped, saying the non-collection of tolls might impact negatively on the ability of the SA National Roads Agency Limited to raise capital for infrastructure development projects.

Inability to collect revenue would also damage the credit reputation of Sanral among investors, and could negatively affect Sanral and government's international ratings, Martins said.

The bill was strongly opposed by most opposition parties, with the Democratic Alliance's Ian Ollis calling it "the world's most expensive toll collection system".

According to the DA's calculations, it could cost up to R11 billion over eight years to operate.

There were many more efficient funding models available, such as a fuel levy of ten to 14 cents a litre, which would cover all the costs of the GFIP, he said.

The measure was approved by 193 votes to 98 in a division. There were two abstentions.

The bill now goes to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence.

Opposition to e-tolling has been widespread and virulent, with the Congress of SA Trade Unions organising extensive protest action and urging motorists not to register with Sanral or buy e-tags.

An application by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) to scrap e-tolling was dismissed in December by the High Court in Pretoria.

The court granted Outa leave, on January 25, to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

A date for the appeals court hearing has yet to be set.


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Date : 05 Mar 2013 16:15
 

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You can expect to see several constitutional challenges to this bill in the near future. :D
 

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WTF is wrong with fuel levies?

Nothing.... they are already using those to the max as well.
Or did you not notice that you were going to be paying for the toll roads six times over after midnight tonight as well? :D
 

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Let the games begin.

A pitifully small pool of e-tag owners, as far as I know no way to exempt taxis... this is going to be fun.
 

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Nothing.... they are already using those to the max as well.
Or did you not notice that you were going to be paying for the toll roads six times over after midnight tonight as well? :D

The government is already locked in to contracts with the Tolling companies. They have sold our right to decide already.

What cheeses me is they are basically asking us to bail them out of the schitty mistakes they keep making. The statement I quoted below from the article kind of reminds me of that little spoilt kid that gets into debt using his father's name:
...and could negatively affect Sanral and government's international ratings
:mad: You got yourself there you fcking scum
 

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Well with their "pension" money tied up in this and all the kickbacks and possible fraudulent dealings what other answer was expected by the cANCer???
 

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If you don't pay they will increase the fuel levy and limit it to Gauteng pumps. Then people will start driving to Free State, Limpopo, North West and Mpumalang just for a full tank. Others might drive as far as Western Cape... and never come back.
 

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What happened to the public participation in the e-toll matter? How many public participants were involved and was there not enough people to stop this farce from going ahead? What does public participation actually mean in south Africa and has it ever been effective in stopping something (what happened to the fracking issue?"
 

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If you don't pay they will increase the fuel levy and limit it to Gauteng pumps. Then people will start driving to Free State, Limpopo, North West and Mpumalang just for a full tank. Others might drive as far as Western Cape... and never come back.

You know, that sounds doable... Might actually look at that option...
 

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FU Goverment. a BIG FU .

And just heard on the radio goverment says it's only the start of e-tolls. As I took it, other provinces are in their scope ..? Might be wrong...
 

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What happened to the public participation in the e-toll matter? How many public participants were involved and was there not enough people to stop this farce from going ahead? What does public participation actually mean in south Africa and has it ever been effective in stopping something (what happened to the fracking issue?"

They cancelled a series of public participation events when they got too heated. People are angry and this will only help usher the undoing of the ANC.
 

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It is a bill, so it will need to have public comment on it before it can be accepted and this process can take really long (I don't really know the time spans here). If it drags out till next year then it will really hurt the ANC in election year. Not really a smart move by them
 

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COSATU Condemns E-Tolling Bill

Toll road legislation was rushed through the National Assembly without an opportunity for public debate, Cosatu said on Wednesday.

"This bill ... is a matter of great public concern, and there should have been proper parliamentary hearings into the matter," Congress of SA Trade Unions spokesman Patrick Craven said in a statement.

"We demand that the National Council of Provinces rectifies this by holding public hearings and does not rubber-stamp the legislation."

The Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill legalises the e-tolling of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

It was approved in the National Assembly on Tuesday.

Transport Minister Ben Martins said the bill was essential to enable "the appropriate implementation of the e-tolling system".

The measures were required for the provision of public transport and other projects in Gauteng, he said. He rejected calls for e-tolling to be scrapped, saying the non-collection of tolls might impact negatively on the ability of the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to raise capital for infrastructure development projects.

Inability to collect revenue would also damage the credit reputation of Sanral among investors, and could negatively affect Sanral's and the government's international ratings, Martins said.

Most opposition parties strongly opposed the bill. It now goes to the National Council of Provinces for concurrence.

Craven said Cosatu would continue to fight against e-tolling, as it was a burden on the poor.

"The extra cost will also come just after this week's big fuel price increase, just before Eskom's first eight percent tariff increase... and the 15 percent rise in the fuel levy, to R2.13, on 3 April, announced in the Budget," he said.

"Large numbers of private vehicle users simply do not have a single extra rand to spare."

The trade federation would continue its mass action against e-tolls, which had already seen marches and drive-slow protests on Gauteng's highways.

Craven urged motorists not to register with the Sanral, not to buy e-tags and to make the system of collection unworkable.

An application by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) to scrap e-tolling was dismissed in December by the High Court in Pretoria.

The court granted Outa leave, on January 25, to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein.

A date for the appeals court hearing had yet to be set.

Craven said Cosatu would support Outa's appeal.


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Date : 06 Mar 2013 15:32
 
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If you don't pay they will increase the fuel levy and limit it to Gauteng pumps. Then people will start driving to Free State, Limpopo, North West and Mpumalang just for a full tank. Others might drive as far as Western Cape... and never come back.

Madam will chase them
 
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