Transport Minister, Ben Martin’s confidence that the e-tolling bill – the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill – will be passed through the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) without a fight is presumptuous.
The DA in the NCOP is gearing up for the fight against this unnecessary Bill and will do as much as possible to ensure that it does not become law.
Minister Martins told journalists at a Media Briefing that: “E-tolling is on track. It has been to Parliament and now it’s waiting approval by the National Council of Provinces to be implemented. I suggest you get your e-tags now so you can get a discount.”
The Bill is problematic in that it would create the world’s most expensive toll collection system, be an additional tax, and allow for construction of e-tolls anywhere in the country without the approval of Parliament, municipalities and Provinces.
“We simply cannot approve legislation that will give SANRAL and the Department of Transport carte blanche to do as they please without hearing the views of the public first” said Elza van Lingen from the Democratic Alliance.
‘The NCOP needs to listen to concerns of South Africans who are opposed to e-tolling before the Bill is approved and is not a rubber-stamp for National Assembly and Cabinet decisions. It is a separate house that must consider all legislation on its merits’ added Van Lingen.