TRANSPORT: Cape's Dispute Over Tolling
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The City of Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee Member for Transport, Brett Herron, has written a formal letter to Transport Minister Sbu Ndebele to inform him that the City has declared an intergovernmental dispute with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) regarding its plans to toll the N1 and N2 between the City and the Cape Winelands.
The City is opposed to these plans and has declared the dispute in terms of the Intergovernmental Relations Framework, Act 13 of 2005 as it believes that both the Environmental Impact Assessment and Intent to Toll processes were flawed and that SANRAL has not addressed the City’s concerns.
The City has four primary concerns about the tolling of the two main routes into Cape Town:
According to Councillor Herron the City had no choice but to declare an official dispute, as all repeated attempts to engage SANRAL regarding this matter have failed.
“As the authority that will be directly impacted by this proposed tolling, the City commented extensively during all the phases of both the Environmental Impact Assessment and Intent to Toll public participation process and engaged with SANRAL at various intergovernmental meetings held during 2010 to raise our concerns. We also tried to engage them on a number of occasions this year in attempts to resolve our dispute. SANRAL refused to discuss the City’s concerns and indicated that they are only willing to explain their policies and strategies. Our letter to the Minister is our last attempt at resolving this dispute before taking legal action,” said Herron.
In a letter that was sent to the SANRAL CEO last week, the City requested an urgent meeting with SANRAL and also requested them to postpone the awarding of the tender for the N1/N2 toll road project to allow for further consultation between the City and SANRAL regarding the City’s concerns.
“The City hopes that this dispute can be resolved amicably, but we are going to take any necessary steps to prevent the toll roads from being constructed without the City’s concerns being adequately addressed. Cape Town residents should not be compelled to subsidise the entire N1/N2 Winelands toll route. It is inequitable. The additional costs imposed on road users within the City will far exceed the limited benefit they receive.”
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