The proposal that the fuel levy be used to pay for Gauteng’s controversial e-tolling system has been rejected by all the other South African provinces, the City Press reported.
Opponents to the current system which operates on a user-pay system have proposed that the national fuel levy be used as an alternative payment methods to cover the over R20 billion debt incurred by its implementation.
However, at a meeting between the national minister of transport and provincial transport MECs, every representative reportedly rejected the idea, the City Press said.
The Free State’s transport MEC, specifically, said that the other provinces could not “be funders of the beautiful roads in Gauteng”, when their roads were in an ill state.
“Our people in villages and farms that are going to pay the petrol levy are not using those roads that look like they are in heaven,” the MEC said.
The e-tolling system is currently being discussed by a panel set up by Gauteng Premier, David Makhura.
The panel has thus far heard presentations from many concerned organisations and citizens speaking about the wider impact of the controversial system.
Most presentations have spoken out against the system, including those from JPSA, Outa, Fedusa, Busa, and Nactu.
The groups have been calling for a fuel levy to be implemented as an alternative funding mechanism.
However, both Makhura and transport minister Dipuo Peters have said that e-tolling won’t be scrapped, saying that the panel’s purpose is that of an impact assessment.
The panel is expected to present its findings to Makhura at the end of November.
The full story can be read in today’s edition of the City Press (21 September 2014).