The FF Plus agrees with the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) that the undertakings of deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa is not in accordance with the regulations on new e-toll tariffs which was published in the Government Gazette last week, Adv. Anton Alberts, the FF Plus’ parliamentary spokesperson on Transport says.
According to Adv. Alberts, the regulations first have to pass through a public consultation process before the revised Sanral Act is referred to parliament for inputs.
He said the FF Plus will then play its parliamentary role to point out the differences between the deputy president’s proposed tariffs and the regulations and confront the ANC with it.
The revised Sanral Act which makes these regulations possible, was revised during the drafting process in parliament as a result of a submission of the FF Plus to ensure that provision was made for compulsory public participation and submissions before parliament.
“The FF Plus will make use of this opportunity in parliament, which it had created itself, to review the regulations to ensure that it reflects that which deputy president Ramaphosa had said.
“Another aspect that will be discussed is the fact that a rebate of 60% will be given to persons with an outstanding account, but that the rebate will not be applicable to people who had already paid. It is a clear form of arbitrary discrimination which has to be addressed.
“Finally, the FF Plus still believes that the whole e-toll system, despite the concessions, does not have any right to exist as, on the one hand, it is not legitimate in the eyes of Gauteng residents and on the other hand it is unconstitutional,” Adv. Albert says.
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