South African government has published a list of cars that are free from paying e-tolls.
Interestingly, this includes light motor vehicles adapted for use by people with disabilities.
In a government Gazette published earlier this month, vehicles owned or used by qualifying non-government organisations (NGOs) or non-profit organisations (NPOs) are also exempt by Transport Minister, Dipuo Peters.
According to the published Gazette, the following vehicles are exempt from paying e-tolls:
- Adapted vehicles
- Emergency medical response vehicles
- Fire-fighting vehicles
- NGO vehicles
- NPO vehicles
- Public transport vehicles
- Rescue vehicles
- Traffic officer vehicles
NGO vehicles are those vehicles owned or used by a qualifying non-government organisation (NGO) used for conveying persons with disabilities or for the purposes of health care, welfare or humanitarian purposes or education and development.
“There is a full rebate for vehicles used by persons to convey persons with disabilities‚ which includes persons who have long-term physical‚ mental, intellectual or sensory impairments and includes medical conditions such as autism‚ mental health‚ epilepsy and loss of hearing,” the South African National Roads Agency Limited said.
More than half the businesses in South Africa, have been hampered by government service costs in the past six months. Data report from the second quarter Grant Thornton’s International Business Report (IBR) for 2016 had earlier this month revealed that Sixty-one percent of South African businesses have been negatively affected by government service delivery issues or regulatory requirements in the past six months.
It stated further that out of the 61%, 60% attributed the effect to cost such services as rising tax rates, Eskom, water and e-tolls
According to the report also, fifty-six percent stated disruption to the supply of utilities (gas, electricity or water), 46% lamented strikes by government employees and 45% complained about the cost of red tape legislative compliance as key concerns which are negatively affecting their businesses.
“It is clear that our cities need improvements and most importantly, business executives need to see a positive change in delivery of services,
“We cannot drive successful business operations effectively if basic government services are lacking. We hope that the municipal elections this week draw attention to the need for improved service delivery ” said Grant Thornton Johannesburg’s new CEO Paul Badrick.
Meanwhile, an Austrian firm contracted to build and manage the controversial e-toll system in Gauteng has fully acquired the South African companies involved with the collection of toll fees.