ANC won’t remove e-toll gantries

Removing the e-toll gantries from Gauteng highways is not a solution, the African National Congress in the province said on Tuesday.

“We reject the reckless calls for the gantries to be removed and destroyed,” ANC Gauteng chairman Paul Mashatile told the Gauteng Advisory Panel on e-tolls at the provincial legislature.

He said the technology brought in by the e-toll gantries was valuable and alternative functions should be found for them.

Mashatile was accompanied by a large delegation from the party’s provincial executive council.

The ANC suggested a few solutions to the largely rejected e-tolling system, including a national nominal increase in the fuel levy and an increase in vehicle license fees to cover the debt incurred through the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

“We aren’t opposed to the user-pay principle but to the current model of the e-toll system,” said Mashatile.

He said the ANC was open-minded to other alternatives.

He suggested that greater emphasis and state resources should go towards bettering public transport.

Gauteng premier David Makhura established the panel on July 17 to assess the social and economic impact of e-tolls.

The review panel is intended to examine the economic and social impact of the GFIP and the electronic tolling system set up to fund it.

The panel is expected to present its findings to Makhura at the end of November.

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