http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.70Change: 0.01
R/$ = 12.47Change: 0.05
Au 1152.82 $/ozChange: -3.67
Pt 1023.00 $/ozChange: -20.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Sep 25, 2012

Govt to seek ways of reducing e-toll costs to consumer

Back
Eskom|Lighting|PROJECT|Road|Roads|South African National Roads Agency Limited|System|Trucks|E-toll|E-tolling|Maintenance|Services|Social And Economic Services|Wayne Duvenage
Eskom|Lighting|PROJECT|Road|Roads|System|Trucks|Maintenance|Services||
eskom|lighting|project|road|roads|south-african-national-roads-agency-limited|system|trucks|e-toll|e-tolling|maintenance|services|social-and-economic-services|wayne-duvenage
© Reuse this



Government said over the weekend that it would, over the next few weeks, seek ways of reducing the “financial burden of social and economic services to the consumer”, as it embarked on the final round of talks surrounding the e-toll system on Gauteng’s upgraded highways.

This followed the Constitutional Court’s decision last week to set aside the interim interdict preventing the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from tolling the highways built under the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

After widespread public opposition to the e-tolling system, government said in a statement that it had listened to the concerns about the costs and impact of e-tolling on consumers and promised a response next week.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) chairperson Wayne Duvenage said that, while the government may be attempting to compromise, the key issue was the current collection method used to bring in the fees paid.

He said that a drop in the per-kilometre rate, for example, from 30c/km to 20c/km would be a start, but he felt that the elimination of about R1.2-billion a year in collection costs – by the agency shifting to a fuel-levy-based revenue collection method, for instance – could further ease financial pressure on the consumer.

Calculating the tolling fees at an average of 35c/km, to balance the payments of tolls from cars and trucks, Duvenage said it was expected that over the next 20 years, Sanral could generate revenue of about R108-billion.

Sanral previously outlined that, over a 24-year period, the GFIP would cost R71.4-billion, comprising R20.6-billion for the repayment of initial capital costs, R10.6-billion for road maintenance, R6.2-billion for violation-processing-centre capital and operating expenditure, R12.2-billion for toll-related capital and operating expenses, R1.7-billion for other operational expenses such as freeway lighting and R20-billion for interest.

Further, Duvenage questioned what might occur in a few years from now, where government might seek to increase the funds brought in by the e-tolling of Gauteng's highways by increasing the toll fees 100%, citing State-owned Eskom’s electricity pricing over the past few years as an example.

He stated that there was currently a feeling of distrust towards Sanral, as it was believed that the agency had not undertaken sufficient public consultation and had failed to be transparent in activities leading to the project.

The government was expected to undertake the second and final round of consultations on the e-tolling project with the different stakeholders, starting with Outa on Tuesday.
 

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
Creamer Media Senior Researcher and Deputy Editor Online
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Transport & Logistics News
All new office developments in South Africa should be legally required to offer end-of-trip facilities (EOTF) for cyclists and other nonmotorised transport (NMT) users to incentivise workers to use alternatives to road and rail commuter transport, delegates at the...
While considered technically feasible, a recent government-sanctioned study by engineering consulting firm GIBB has suggested that a proposed bicycle-sharing schemes (BSS) in Johannesburg may prove to be financially unworkable, with income from the scheme unlikely to...
The South African government in 2012 collected R40.4-billion from the national fuel levy, said Stellenbosch University transport economics lecturer Johann van Rensburg at the Southern African Transport Conference on Tuesday. However, the fuel levy was increasingly...
More
 
 
Latest News
The South African market has been included as one of Spain’s 16 “priority markets” as the European country intensifies its efforts to raise exports in the wake of the global economic crisis and as its companies move to diversify their foreign direct investments to...
Advisors to Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari have recommended a root and branch overhaul of Africa's biggest oil industry and increased borrowing to help pay off $20-billion of government arrears, a reform proposal document shows. Buhari, who won a shock election...
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene
Following its submission to Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene in December, the Davis Tax Committee (DTC) on Tuesday publicly released its first interim report on value-added tax (VAT) for public comment. Interested parties had until September 30 to comment on the report...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2015 (PDF Report)
There are very few beacons of hope on South Africa’s economic horizon. Economic growth is weak, unemployment is rising, electricity supply is insufficient to meet demand and/or spur growth, with poor prospects for many of the commodities mined and exported. However,...
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book comprises separate reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Water 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2015 (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Real Economy Year Book has been divided into individual reports under the banner Real Economy Insight and investigates key developments in the automotive, construction, electricity, road and rail, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum sectors.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
NHLANHLA NENE The main constraints to economic growth are domestic
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene earlier this month stated that, while South Africa’s 2015 economic growth target of 2% was achievable, it was not enough to deliver the tax revenue needed to combat the country’s challenges.
The World Steel Association has published the 2015 edition of the World Steel in Figures report, which shows an increase in steel production as well as provides an overview of steel industry activities from crude steel production to apparent steel use.
The 25-year master plan for Gauteng’s Aerotropolis project will go through a process of approval and adoption during June and July, says Aerotroplis project manager Jack van der Merwe. “We are also in the process of putting together a special purpose vehicle (SPV) to...
SOLAR PANELS The existing buildings in the Coega Industrial Development Zone lent themselves well to rooftop solar panel installations
The Coega Development Corporation (CDC) plans to fit 15 of its buildings, totalling 127 000 m2 of roof space, in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ), in the Eastern Cape, with solar panels.
The Supreme Court of Appeal’s (SCA’s) November 2014 judgment, ordering steel producer ArcelorMittal South Africa (AMSA) to hand over the 2003 Environmental Master Plan for its Vanderbijlpark steel plant to environmental pressure groups, confirmed the right of civil...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96