'Fuel levy can't pay for e-tolls'

Minister Dipuo Peters says a fuel levy imposed on SA would be unfair and GP motorists must pay up.

FILE: Minsiter Dipuo Peters says a fuel levy imposed on SA would be unfair and GP motorists must pay up. Picture: EWN

PRETORIA - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has argued it's unfair and unreasonable to expect South Africans all over the country to pay for infrastructure upgrades in Gauteng.

The minister was referring to the suggestion of imposing a fuel levy to pay for the province's e-tolls.

The system went live in December last year, but has received great criticism with some motorists vowing not to pay to drive on the provinces freeways.

Yesterday, Peters addressed the review panel set up by Premier David Makhura earlier this year.

The minister cautioned the e-toll review committee that a fuel levy would amount to more than R3 added onto the fuel price.

"If that is the route to go we will need you to go out and mobilise South Africans to pay R3,65 extra per litre of petrol," she said.

Peters says it's unfair for the country to fund a Gauteng project.

"We cannot go the route of a fuel levy for 201km only. We need to consider the total R197 billion of backlogs in road infrastructure in the country."

It was a veiled challenge from Peters when she stated quite clearly that the ruling party has procedures to implement policy.

She says if the Gauteng ANC wants to change the government's policy on e-tolls, it'll first have to lobby the party to alter national policy.

"Engage with the other eight provinces. Lobby them if there is going to be a policy review."

She was however unable to explain the Gauteng ANC's change on this policy issue.

Peters urged motorists to pay their tolls while this matter is being reviewed.

National Treasury is scheduled to make representations today.