The Automobile Association today officially handed over their formal petition against the tolling of Gauteng Freeway Improvement Plan to the Ministry of Finance.
The petition, initiated on the 22nd February, accumulated more than 52 000 signatories, the names of which were listed in the petition submitted.
Karen Bryden, Managing Director of the AA, was in Pretoria this morning to hand over the petition to Jabulani Sikhakhane, Head of Communications for the Department of Finance, who accepted the petition on behalf of the Minister of Finance.
“The AA is proud to represent the 52 000 signatories in their petition. It is our sincere mandate to ensure the voice of the motorist is heard, and we will be taking the petition to the Minister of Transport in a similar format next week,” said Bryden.
An accompanying letter, addressed to the Minister, reiterated the AA’s policy that tolling should always be regarded as the last resort for road funding, and, that there should be an immediate return to a dedicated road fund which is ring-fenced and sourced from existing fuel taxes.
The AA has also called on the ministries to give full public disclosure on the full cost of the GFIP from inception, the appointment process of the toll collection agency and finally how the tax revenue from the sale of petroleum fuel for road use is being spent.
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