Anti e-tolls campaign shut down by authorities

Metro police at the scene. Pic: Bedfordview Edenvale News

Metro police at the scene. Pic: Bedfordview Edenvale News

A campaign against e-tolls has been disrupted by authorities on the M16 Linksfield Bridge in Ekurhuleni, Gauteng, this morning.

Motorists, however, continued to show support in opposing the e-toll dispensation, Bedfordview Edenvale News reported.

Vehicles travelling under the Linksfield bridge continued to hoot as they passed. “The protest marks the ‘For Just One Day‘ event that encourages individuals to protest in their own way, however they deem possible,” said protester Cynthia Ahrensmeier.

Last year, the anti-e-toll banner protest held a successful event on the Modderfontein Road Bridge over the N3. Thousands of motorists hooted and cheered in unison while passing under the bridge.

The announcement regarding e-tolling made by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in May left the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) and the Automobile Association (AA) unsettled.

These organisations have released similar concerns about the new dispensation regarding e-tolls.

Outa expressed disappointment at government for deciding to continue the e-tolling scheme as the major funding mechanism to settle the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) bonds.

“The expected lowering of tariffs by government has not resulted in such a manner. They have merely removed the punitive tariff, which no one was paying anyway. If the public were to pay in the past, they would have purchased an e-tag for the same rate of 30c per kilometre,” said Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage.

The AA, on the other hand, stated the opportunity was ideal for the government to intervene and scrap this system, but it was an opportunity the government did not use to its full potential.

“The main concern is whether or not the e-toll proposal will make room for more unlicensed vehicles, as drivers do not renew their licences and cannot afford to pay outstanding e-toll accounts, or refuse to do so in protest,” the AA said in a statement.

– Caxton News Service


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