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Outa: E-tolling has failed

Wayne Duvenage says the project should be suspended and a proper consultation process conducted.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says the e-tolling system has failed and motorists can’t be forced to cooperate. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG -The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has called for the e-tolling system to be suspended and a proper consultation process to be conducted.

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

Outa made submissions to the panel this morning.

The panel has been tasked with assessing the socio-economic impact of the tolling system.

The group says the state cannot afford to be fighting with its citizens for years to come over R1.9 billion per year for e-tolls.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says the e-tolling system has failed and motorists can't be forced to co-operate.

The alliance says e-toll enforcement has serious unintended consequences, which the country cannot afford.

DISABLED PEOPLE SHOULD BE EXEMPT FROM PAYING E-TOLLS

The QuadPara Association of South Africa (Qasa) has told the Gauteng e-toll review panel that people with disabilities and those transporting them must be exempt from paying e-tolls.

The organisation said this is the first time they have ever been consulted about the impact of e-tolls on this group.

Qasa is the eleventh interested party to make submissions to the panel.

So far, only the Consulting Engineers South Africa is in full support of the project.

Qasa's Chief Executive Officer Ari Seirlis says people with disabilities are charged double just to catch a lift because of the e-toll fees.

"Most quadriplegics don't own vehicles and don't drive and they also don't have alternative methods of transport that are accessible. They have always used the roads through friends and family."