New Chapman’s Peak tariffs announced

Motorists who often use Chapman’s Peak Drive will pay 6.5% more from July.

A protester handcuffs herself at the construction site at Chapman’s Peak Drive. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Chapman's Peak Drive motorists will have to pay more to use the road from July.

On Tuesday, Western Cape Transport Department spokesperson Al-Ameen Kafaar announced that the tariff will increase by just over six percent.

"In 2012, the percentage increase will be 6.5 percent. For a light motor vehicle, the toll will start at R6 and for frequent users, it will be a maximum of R33."

Meanwhile, Len Swemmer from the Hout Bay Ratepayers' Association believes the increase is one of many to come.

"I think the tariffs are going to keep on increasing. As long as we have the three day pass, I'm very happy."

Last week, the Western Cape High Court dismissed an application by the group to halt construction of the control building on Chapman's Peak Drive.

Western Cape Transport MEC Robin Carlisle said he was relieved by the ruling.

Construction of the R54 million toll plaza and control building will be complete by mid-2013.