‘New e-toll model limits the mobility of health workers’
Denosa says South Africans are already paying tax which should go towards upgrading of roads.
JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Nursing Organisation of South Africa (Denosa) says it's deeply concerned that the new e-tolling rules and costs will limit the mobility of health workers.
On Wednesday Deputy President, Cyril Ramaphosa announced that motorists who don't settle their outstanding e-toll debt won't be able to renew their vehicle licenses.
But Denosa says South Africans are already paying tax which should go towards upgrading of the roads.
The union's Simon Hlongwani says nurses who are essential service workers don't earn enough to pay e-tolls.
"It's going to affect public service as we are supposed to be going to work. It therefore means that we will have to park the skorokoros (not-so-fancy cars) that we have and end up using public transport that is available for us. And as we know, we have non-reliable public transport."
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THE GOOD NEWS
There's a reduced tariff for all motorists, regardless of whether you have an e-tag or not.
The new amounts per kilometre are:
- Motorbikes: 18c/km (down from 35c/km)
- Light vehicles: 30c/km (down from 58c/km)
- Medium heavy vehicles: 75c/km (down from R1.45/km)
- Large heavy vehicles: 150c/km (down from R2.90/km)
There are also lower maximum monthly caps for all types of vehicles:
- Motorbikes: R125 (down from R280)
- Light vehicles: R225 (down from R450)
- Medium heavy vehicles: R875 (down from R1,750)
- Large heavy vehicles: R2,900 (down from R3,500)
If a motorist is an infrequent user and goes under fewer than 30 gantries a year, there will be no charge.
Public transport vehicles (buses and taxis) that have valid permits will remain exempted.
Motorists no longer need to purchase e-tags in order to benefit from the lower tariffs. Everyone gets the same deal regardless of whether they have an e-tag or not.
All motorists will get a 60% discount if outstanding e-toll bills are settled within the next six months.
E-toll accounts will now be payable online or at post offices, provincial licensing offices, some retailers and vehicle dealerships.
THE BAD NEWS
E-tolls are NOT being scrapped and there will be NO payment amnesty.
The deal is NOT backdated so if you owe any money, you still have to pay (but you will get a 60% discount if you do in the next six months).
E-toll payments will now be linked to vehicle licensing so if you haven't paid your e-tolls, you won't be able to renew your car license (and that has all sorts of other knock-on effects).
The changes will be introduced in stages - so not all of the good news is going to happen at once.
THE OTHER NEWS
According to Transport Minister Dipuo Peters, Gauteng e-tolling will not be used as a template for all other toll projects, as every project is unique.
The fuel levy is not going to be used to help pay for e-tolling.
The new dispensation is expected to create a shortfall in Sanral's revenue of around R390 million a year, which will be jointly shared by the Gauteng and national governments.