'Chappies toll fee hike unjustified'

Houtbay residents say nothing can be done to challenge the Chapman’s Peak toll fee hike.

File: Houtbay residents say nothing can be done to challenge the Chapman’s Peak toll fee hike. Picture: AFP

CAPE TOWN - The Houtbay Residents and Ratepayers Association says nothing can be done to challenge the hike in Chapman's Peak toll-fees.

As of 1 August, drivers of light motor vehicles will have to fork out R38 to use the road while motorcyclists will pay R25 and buses R379.

The Association's Len Swimmer has described the hike in Chapman's Peak toll-fees as disgusting.

He says the increase will result in major problems for people in Hout Bay, Kommetjie and Noordhoek especially because they'll refuse to pay the one-way amounts to use the road.

"It's inequities and it's a 7km road, there's no alternative road. I think it's ridiculous that they are charging motorists. They could be a boom which cuts down the costs tremendously."

Swimmer said the cost prevented many Hout Bay residents from going to the neighbouring suburb of Noordhoek. An operating boom should be used instead. Hout Bay lies at the end of Chapman's Peak Drive.