DA gets e-toll documents


File: An E-toll gantry along the N12 highway in Johannesburg. E-tolling is expected to kick in soon.

JOHANNESBURG - The Democratic Alliance has received documentation related to the implementation of e-tolling in Gauteng following a request to Sanral, the party said on Sunday.

"The DA has received the SA National Roads Agency Limited&39;s (Sanral) contract documentation on e-tolling in Gauteng," transport spokesman Ian Ollis said in a statement.

"Delivery of the documents follows the DA&39;s successful request for Sanral&39;s e-toll contract documents via a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application submitted in June 2013."

Sanral had agreed to provide all 5848 pages of the contractual agreements, he said.

Upon received the documents however, Ollis said three items from the 65 item contract tender register were missing.

These were the financial memorandum of the tender documentation and two items of the electronic toll collection (ETC) submission.

"The DA will request that Sanral provide the outstanding documents without delay or additional costs," he said.

The party would study the documents, and specifically scrutinise Sanral&39;s monthly financial obligation to the ETC, the collection fees structuring, how transgressors would be prosecuted, as well as an opt-out clause for e-tolling in Gauteng.

Ollis said the DA maintained that e-tolling in Gauteng must be scrapped as it would not benefit the people of the province, and hit the poorest hardest by increasing the price of doing business.

This would result in food price increases and inevitably would undermine economic growth and job creation.

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