TOLL ROADS: AfriForum Calls on Sanral Board to Scrap Toll Levies
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Afriforum Adamant Over Scrapping Toll Levies
Kallie Kriel, CEO of AfriForum, said his organisation also pointed out to Sanral that the proposed toll levies would contravene the Competition Act, 1998, in particular, section 8(a). A dominant company may not abuse its dominant position to charge exorbitant rates, said Kriel. Kriel urged Sanral to approach the Competition Commission to obtain finality on the matter. He also indicated that AfriForum intends to approach the Commission should the government decide to go ahead with the toll system.
Afriforum Believes in Many More Negatives for Toll System
Kriel said that AfriForum realises that expenditure has already been incurred in respect of the planned toll system, but the wasted expenditure will increase if the toll levies are implemented just because expenditure has already been incurred. When a motorist takes the wrong exit and only realises his mistake after 20 km, it is still better for him to turn around as soon as possible and to retrace the wasted kilometres than to continue driving in the wrong direction and to cover more wasted kilometres. Likewise, its time for Sanral to turn around and to scrap the planned toll system as soon as possible, added Kriel.
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