SANRAL GAFFES AGAIN – TOO LITTLE TIME TO COMMENT ON REGULATIONS

Statement by Neil Campbell, MPL

DA Gauteng Transport spokesman

On Wednesday last week the National Roads and Transport department issued yet another Government Gazette (no. 35148, 18 April, 2012 vol.562 ) calling for input within 20 days (usually 30 days) on amendments to the regulations to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) Act.

These amendments relate to the exemption from toll fees on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), for certain types of vehicles.

It is totally inappropriate that, once again, important legislation relating to the tolls is being rushed through the legislative process over a period with many public holidays and with less than usual time for comments and input.

This is particularly heinous as the regulations themselves were only published on 27 March and were open for public comment until 16 April. As it currently stands we are being asked to comment on amendments to regulations which are not even law.

SANRAL and the National Transport department should be severely criticised for trying to implement tolls on the GFIP without even having the required legislation in place. It is inconceivable that tolling should be allowed to proceed on 30 April with important legislation still in the ‘open for comment’ stage.

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