Outa: New e-toll bill to give public, local govt more power

The Sanral Amendment Bill is aimed at addressing the public's concerns, particularly around decisions relating to the implementation of the tolls.

FILE: An e-toll gantry. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) says a new amendment bill that government is proposing to make e-tolls profitable will give more power to motorists and local government.

The Sanral Amendment Bill is aimed at addressing the public's concerns, particularly around decisions relating to the implementation of the tolls.

Organisations, including Outa and Cosatu, have fought for the scrapping of the system, arguing that there was no proper consultation.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says that the reason why e-tolls were implemented in Gauteng against people's will is because national government was given too much power in the process.

“This is one of the main arguments we have for when we get to court soon. We believe it will be ruled unlawful.”

With the new amendment bill, the public will have almost a month to object to e-tolls.

If the majority are against the implementation, a premier must call a referendum.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)