Joburg mayor Parks Tau is against the rollout of e-tolls onto the city’s municipal roads, including the M1.
This is according to a report by the SABC, who said that the mayor is concerned about the diversion of private transport to municipal roads.
Tau was speaking at the second annual Nedbank/Nepad (New Partnership for Africa’s Development) business foundation conference in Johannesburg.
“We do not think that it is appropriate to introduce an urban tolling system into an environment that has inadequate public transport. It became clear that e-tolls were being implemented and we said that on the network that is owned by the City of Johannesburg that was identified for e-tolls we will not consent that municipal roads be used for e-toll purposes,” the mayor said.
Tau said the M1 was meant to be part of the Gauteng freeway improvement scheme.
According to TimesLive, a second phase of e-tolls project could include the N14 Krugersdorp highway, and the M1 between Woodmead and Sandton, the N14 Ben Schoeman highway into Pretoria, the N3 to Heidelberg, the R59 and N12 from Nancefield to Potchefstroom, and the N4 Pretoria.
South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa announced revised e-toll tariffs in May.
The monthly cap for e-toll road users was adjusted to R225, from R450 previously, while a previous tariff of 58 cents per kilometre was reduced to 30 cents per kilometre for people using e-roads.
In a message on social media site, Twitter, on Wednesday, the ANC in Guateng reiterated its stance on e-tolls. “We made our views on eTolls known after ANC GP conference last October. Those views remain unchanged,’ it said.
The Gauteng body rejected e-tolls its initial form, pushing for a fuel levy as the preferred option, instead.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe told journalists at a recent alliance summit that the party was happy with the new concessions to e-tolls. “We listened to the people and made concessions. To me, that’s enough for the ANC. It’s good enough, it’s positive. I think we made sufficient concessions for it to work. The infrastructure is there.”