15 April 2013:
The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) is disappointed that, despite the lack of finalisation of the Transport and Related Matters Amendment Bill by the National Council of Provinces, the government has chosen to announce that eTolls will commence in Gauteng within the next two months.
“Although the Pretoria High Court dismissed OUTA's application to scrap eTolling, they have allowed OUTA to put the matter before the Supreme Court of Appeal in September. The fact that the government has gone ahead with this announcement before the hearing shows a blatant disregard for the process of the law and continued prejudice against already overburdened motorists,” says the AA.
Despite the initial promise of reduced costs, the impact on the economy will simply escalate year on year with the consumer being the ultimate victim.
“It is time for the country to unite behind the scrapping of the eToll system, as it’s only a matter of time before this is rolled out to the other provinces, with Cape Town next in line,” says the AA.
“We remain committed to fighting eTolling, not just in Gauteng but the rest of South Africa, and we continue to urge our Members to not register for etags yet as we still believe in an equitable solution,” concludes the AA.
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