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Outa advocates fuel levy to pay for e-tolls

Outa has also raised concerns about the lack of consultation before the system went online.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has proposed to the Gauteng e-toll review panel that a fuel levy will be the best way to enforce compliance with no administrative costs.

Newly installed Gauteng Premier David Makhura has set up a panel to review the system, which is currently holding public hearings in Johannesburg.

Outa has told the panel sitting in Midrand that the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is using more than R1 billion of revenue collected through the e-toll system on such costs alone.

The organisation's Wayne Duvenage has challenged Sanral's figures on how many e-tags have been sold, the funds collected so far and how much it costs to keep the system operational.

Duvenage claims a fuel levy will be less expensive.

"Seventeen percent is the cost of the administration of e-tolling but the real cost of tolling is closer to 25.7 percent - and even at 17 percent, it is gross."

Outa has also raised concerns about the lack of consultation before the system went online on 3 December.

The alliance has also said it believes the panel is legitimate and could ultimately lead to the controversial project being scrapped.

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