JOHANNESBURG, March 12 – The Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA) – which is against e-tolls – on Tuesday called on the government to investigate other policy options available to service the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) bonds.
The suggested options include the renegotiation of debt with the PIC and reassessment of budget reallocation by Treasury to cover the money owed.
This comes after Transport Minister Blade Nzimande’s recent statement on funding challenges for GFIP and the allocation of state funds to counter losses on the e-toll failure.
Transport portfolio manager for OUTA, Rudie Heyneke, said while ring-fencing of a small part of the fuel levy for GFIP has been rejected by Treasury in the past, the time to reconsider this option has come.
“OUTA believes that SANRAL may be owed more revenue from the profits made by the three main toll concessionaires on long-distance tolled routes,” said Heyneke.
“We believe that government has kicked the e-toll can down the road for too long now and every day the scheme is left to continue in its failed state, the problems for SANRAL will continue to grow.
“We wish to also highlight that the amended AARTO Act will not be the panacea for SANRAL’s e-toll headache, as it will face significant constitutional and administrative challenges.”
Heyneke said OUTA looks forward to sharing its constructive input and suggestions with the minister in due course and suggests that SANRAL also gives consideration to the millions of rand it was wasting on an expensive litigation process being waged against the public who have consciously defied this irrational scheme. (ANA)