Government and some state-owned entities appear to be painting themselves into a corner on the user-pays principle, which government often uses to justify e-tolls.
The driving licence renewal process has been plunged into further chaos, with reports suggesting that motorists will have to pay R250 just to obtain a booking slot to renew their driving licence.
Expectations are again being created that a final decision on the future of e-tolls on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project is imminent. We’ve been here before.
Roads agency Sanral appears to be delaying the award of a tender for the management of e-toll collections until the government takes a decision on the future of e-tolls.
The government has once again failed to meet its self-imposed deadline, set by transport minister Fikile Mbalula, to make an announcement on the future of the controversial e-toll system.
It appears increasingly likely the government will once again miss its self-imposed new deadline to make a pronouncement on the future of e-tolls by the end of March 2021.
E-tolls on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project appear set to be part of the lives of motorists for another year – unless the government finally takes a decision to scrap the controversial scheme.
Kusa Kokutsha, whose bid for the cancelled Sanral tender for the continued management of e-tolls was R4.5-billion cheaper than the second bidder, has lodged a high court application to review the cancellation of the tender.
Roads agency Sanral has reissued the tender it cancelled in March for the continued management of e-tolls, despite the continuing uncertainty that exists over the future of e-tolls.
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