Jack Bloom MPL
DA Gauteng Caucus Leader
SANRAL’s announcement that implementation of e-tolls on Gauteng highways is “imminent” shows arrogance of the highest order.
The mass boycott of e-tags will make the e-tolls unviable even though SANRAL is trying to sweeten the poll by dropping the maximum monthly bill for a light vehicle from R550 to R450 a month.
Motorists are not stupid. They know that the rate can be increased anytime that SANRAL chooses once the system is up and running.
The next elections are less than a year away.
If the public are denied their input now, they will certainly express their frustration at the polls.
The e-tolls will be a fierce-contested election issue that will cost the ANC badly.
The DA will campaign strongly in 2014 for the e-tolls to be scrapped.