Dipuo Peters, minister van vervoer het Dinsdagoggend teenstanders van die e-tol gewaarsku dat die stelsel op Gautengse hoofweë wettig is.
Peters en die Suid-Afrikaanse Nasionale Padagentskap (Sanral) wat die e-tolstelsel administreer, wou aanvanklik nie die paneel wat David Makhura,Gautengse premier, drie maande gelede aangestel het om die sosio-ekonomiese impak van die stelsel op Gauteng te ondersoek, erken nie.
Hulle het intussen van plan verander en getuig die volgende drie dae voor die paneel.
Peters sê dit moet duidelik gemaak word dat die Gautengse regering aanvanklik met die idée vir die e-tolstelsel vorendag gekom het.
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Ringfencing a portion of the fuel levy to pay for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and e-tolling system would be “unfair” to road user in parts of the country that did not make use of the road network that has been upgraded under this scheme, Transport MinisterDipuo Peters said on Tuesday.
“[Applying a national] fuel levy to pay for 201 km of roads in Gauteng will be unfair to the rest of the country. While [the e-toll system] is not ideal, what would have happened if we had done nothing?” she asked.
Peters’ comments came during the Department on Transport’s (DoT’s) submission to the Advisory Panel on the Socioeconomic Impact of E-tolls, which had been tasked by Gauteng Premier David Makhura to investigate the socioeconomic impact of the tolling system on the province.
The formation of the panel had revealed apparent discord between the Gauteng provincial government (GPG) and national government over whether or not the e-tolling system remained the most appropriate funding mechanism.
This despite it being revealed on Tuesday that the GPG had proposed the introduction of tolled roads on the province’s freeways prior to Cabinet approval of the GFIP in 2007.
Responding to queries from the panel over whether or not there was a “political leadership” issue surrounding e-tolls, Peters said she was unaware of the motivation for the province’s “change of heart”.
“Where the change of mindset came from, I don’t know. The provincial government has not informed me personally,” she noted.
The panel disclosed, however, that, during the province’s submission to the panel, it had argued that the initial GFIP had included a draft memorandum of understanding (MoU) that outlined a revenue-sharing model that had since been discarded.
Under this MoU, various Gauteng municipalities would receive a portion of the toll revenue to upgrade secondary roads that could be used as alternatives to the tolled freeways.