Gauteng Finance MEC, Barbara Creecy, stated in her budget speech that the Premier’s E-toll advisory panel had recommended a hybrid model of paying for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Plan (GFIP).
While this is true, what she neglected to mention was that the advisory panel report-back indicated discontent with the system across the board.
Public input on the whole idea of e-tolls as they are, or any hybrid scheme in which e-tolls are included was overwhelmingly rejected by civic organisations, public representatives and even the Gauteng ANC.
It is disingenuous of the MEC to deliberately mislead the public into believing that the hybrid method enjoyed any popularity, or that it is better in some way than the present model.
It was emphatically rejected.
The only sane way to pay for the GFIP is via a national, ring-fenced fuel levy which does away with the exorbitantly inflated collection costs that characterise e-tolls.
The persistence of the national ANC in pushing e-tolls, when the needed funds could be raised without burdening already taxed-to-the-hilt motorists with massive collection fees, only increases the perception that certain well connected individuals stand to rake in fortunes off the backs of the poor and working class.
Dr Neil Campbell MPL
DA Gauteng Shadow MEC for Roads and Transport
082 387 2540
March 5, 2015