New bill calls for public sector consultation on toll road decisions

A new bill calling on government to consult the public sector before making decisions on toll roads has been tabled in parliament.

The Private Member Bill (PMB) aims to make provisions in the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and National Roads Act for the public, provincial legislatures and local councils to be given the opportunity to give their input regarding proposed toll roads.

“At the heart of the Bill is the need to prevent another e-tolls fiasco which cost billions of rands and went ahead without any meaningful input from the public and relevant stakeholders,” said Democratic Alliance (DA) shadow minister of transport Manny de Freitas.

“The DA is of the belief that the PMB will go a long way in ensuring that, in future, the decision to establish toll roads will be an open and transparent process and not a closed and autonomous decision taken solely by Sanral.”

The PMB, introduced to parliament by the DA, also proposes the construction and maintenance of alternative roads for those unable to afford to pay the toll fees and will be discussed by the Transport Portfolio Committee in a meeting tomorrow.

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