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JPSA weighs in on e-tolling debate

The organisation has added its voice to those calling for a fuel levy to help pay for e-tolling.

FILE: The controversial e-tolling system went live on 3 December after months of legal wranglings, protests and calls for civil disobedience. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Justice Project South Africa (JPSA) has added its voice to those calling for a fuel levy to help pay for Gauteng's controversial e-tolling system.

The JPSA has made its submissions to the Gauteng e-toll review panel sitting in Midrand.

The panel was set up by Gauteng premier David Makhura to assess the socio-economic impact of e-tolls on motorists.

The majority of interested parties who have already made their submissions have argued that the multi- billion rand project must be scrapped.

JPSA's Howard Dembovsky says there are other ways to pay for the roads.

"We've made a number of recommendations and of course we can't ignore the elephant in the room which is the fuel levy. We have provided sustentative proof that there is no such thing as not being able to ring-fence the fuel levy."

E-TOLLS HARMING THE POOR

The South African Transport and Allied Workers Union (Satawu) on Friday told the review panel that the project is harming the poor, increasing food prices and will ultimately result in job losses.

Satawu quoted the unemployment figures and the general household income data to support its argument that e-tolls have an enormous financial impact on workers.

The union's Chris Nkosi said workers want their employers to absorb the impact and pay their e-toll bills.

He said upgrades for the roads have to be paid back one way or the other and a minimal fuel levy will be the best way out.

Consulting Engineers South Africa is the only affected party motivating for e-tolls to be retained.

The controversial e-tolling system went live on 3 December after months of legal wranglings, protests and calls for civil disobedience.

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