The Portfolio Committee on Transport has welcomed Deputy President Mr Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that there will be a significant reduction on what users will pay in e-toll fees in Gauteng.
The Chairperson of the Committee, Ms Dikeledi Magadzi, said even more satisfying is the fact that the new monthly fee for private cars will be capped at R225, provided it is paid within 30 days after billing.
“Road maintenance and continuous improvements are a non-negotiable. These are issues that speak to the issue of road safety in our country. Sadly, the road users have to play their part in this positive development,” Ms Magadzi said.
“E-tolling is not an issue of the government versus the poor, but rather a tool used to encourage those who have to contribute something to infrastructure development. Economic benefit of e-tolling might appear as strife, but its long-term benefits are immeasurable,” Ms Magadzi said.
On Wednesday, the Deputy President announced a revamped payment method following a review that was commissioned by the Gauteng province. The monthly cap for e-toll fees would be reduced from R450 a month to R225, and the revised caps will be applicable to all categories of vehicles.
The Chairperson said e-tolling is in line with the government’s objective of encouraging people to use public transport and she called on former opponents of e-tolls to start informing people of the benefits of e-tolling.
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