A major announcement about e-tolls? There must have been many Gauteng residents hoping against hope that they’d hear that the whole e-toll system was to be scrapped. Instead, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa confirmed on Wednesday that e-tolls are going nowhere. Here’s the good news: the model is being simplified, and tariffs will be cheaper for you if you were previously being charged at non e-tag rates. If you’re an e-toll dodger, here’s the bad news: avoiding paying e-toll bills just got harder.
Gauteng Premier David Makhura doesn’t like it if you suggest that the review of the e-toll system is a result of the government “bowing to public pressure”. He irritably dismissed the notion when it was put to him by journalists in Cape Town on Wednesday, pointing out that he appointed an aisory panel in July last year to carry out an assessment of the impact of the system.
The findings of that panel, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa had told us earlier, were largely glowing towards e-tolls. The implementation of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project has “hugely benefited” the economy and people of Gauteng, Ramaphosa said. The people surveyed by the panel “in the main” were…
Source : Daily Maverick