Outa targets plazas
Opposition to the evidently failing e-toll system have a new target – long-distance tolling.
Organisations against e-tolls are asking why the toll charges increase annually – despite the fact that the construction costs of the roads were paid off years ago.
They have demanded the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) release records of all gains from tolling these routes.
This includes where the cash goes and what it’s being used for. The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says it is willing to go as far as the courts in forcing Sanral to release the information.
Outa chairperson Wayne Duvenage charged that companies operating these routes were “getting rich on taxpayers’ money”. Pointing to the N3 Marianhill Toll Plaza, Duvenage drew on the apartheid government’s promise to stop tolling once the roads had been paid for. – Citizen reporter