Thursday, 2 February 2012

South Africa revisiting future toll projects

Bizcommunity reports that South African Transport Minister Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele has said that tolling urban roads is up for "re-discussion" and the government has effectively slowed down progressing new projects, following the controversy over the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

He said a city or provincial government should never make decisions of such national consequence again, indicating the government is a bit burnt by the political fallout from the issue. Although he insisted that project was essential, the report said: "any further e-tolling proposals would have to be properly discussed so that users understood the implementations and this included the second phase of the GFIP and the proposed Cape Winelands Toll Road."

I would guess that future toll roads that involve tolling existing roads are less likely for now, which suggests that South Africa may have to think about future tolling that is network wide and involves reducing other taxes as well.

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