Toll tariffs report ‘by end of April’

7 April 2010

The committee considering Gauteng toll tariffs will present its report to the transport minister and Gauteng premier by the end of April, the Department of Transport said on Tuesday.

“A consolidated report will also be presented to Transport Minister S’busiso Ndebele and Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane by the steering committee before the end of April,” the department said in a statement.

This followed presentations to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) e-toll steering committee in its third round of public consultations in Midrand on Tuesday.

The committee, appointed by the transport minister, was formed to reassess the toll tariffs after there was a huge public outcry in response to a fee of 66 cents a kilometre.

On Tuesday, political parties and labour organisations presented their views on the toll tariffs. This included Afriforum, the Democratic Alliance, the Congress of SA Trade Unions, the SA Communist Party and the SA Roads Federation.

“Transport Director-General George Mahlalela reiterated that the submissions made by labour, political formations and other stakeholders were very valuable and would be treated with the critical consideration they deserve,” the department said.

Consultations continued on Wednesday.

The presentations would be consolidated into one report, after which interested parties would be given another opportunity to give feedback.

Sapa