12 June 2013:
Earlier today Kapsch TraffiCom, the Austrian company operating South Africa’s eTolling system, announced that additional annual revenue of €50 million will be coming from the pockets of Gauteng’s drivers. The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) was stunned by this latest revelation.
According to the AA this announcement shows a continued disregard for the South African motorist. While it is the mandate of every organisation, local or international, to increase the bottom line, in this case the South African government is allowing this to happen to the detriment of its already hard hit citizens who are simply trying to make ends meet.
The AA remains committed to fighting eTolling, not just in Gauteng but in the rest of South Africa, and continues to urge AA Members to not register for etags yet as there is still a belief in an equitable solution.