The taxi operators, affiliated to the United Taxi Associations Front (UTAF), are requesting use of the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system lanes in order to avoid paying the tolls. UTAF were set to march today.
“There is a march to the departments of transport and community safety to hand over a memorandum because the taxi industry is being sidelined by the City of Joburg on numerous occasions,” said UTAF secretary Vusi Mazibuko in a media report.
E-tolls are not only causing commotion among taxi operators, the Automobile Association (AA) reports that the system is also the reason for the deterioration of non-tolled roads.
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The association blames lack of road funding at provincial level for the decay of the roads, with some not being safe to use. The AA says the reason why government is not intervening and fixing the non-tolled routs is to increase traffic on the tolled routes. They said all roads have economic benefit and should be safe to use.
"The poor road conditions in many parts of the country work against this and we hold the view that major arterials - whether tolled or not - do not provide economic growth in isolation - it is an area's road network as a whole which delivers the benefit," they said.
The AA said that government and SANRAL are under the belief that with tolling they can expand routes without resistance from motorists; however, the Gauteng province has proved them wrong.
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According to the association, the country’s roads are below standard with only a few roads being maintained.
"We need to move beyond tolling and develop more cost-effective ways to maximise the economic potential of roads and ensure safe road travel across the Republic," they said.
It has been reported that if an increased fuel levy replaces the tolling system motorists could pay up to R3.65/l.