Fuel levy better option than tolling, says Naamsa, but ITSSA welcomes policy certainty
24 February 2012
Creamer Media's Engineering News - February 23, 2012
The National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (Naamsa) and the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) said on Wednesday that they believed a fuel levy remained a more appropriate mechanism to fund the improved freeways in Gauteng, rather than tolling.
Tolling on these roads would finally start on April 30, as announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in his Budget speech, following a protracted battle between unions, government, industry bodies and consumers on how the R20-billion upgrade bill should be paid.
The fee structure has been revised downwards, with light vehicles fitted with e-tags to pay 30c/km, down from the 40c/km initially announced. Motorcycles would pay 20c/km, nonarticulated trucks 75c/km and articulated trucks 1.51/km.