Last month, The Public News Hub reported that SANRAL would spend R 85 million on e-toll advertising and campaigns this year. With such an exorbitant figure set aside for promoting the e-tolling system, many would expect that by now, SANRAL would have gained more favour on this e-tolling venture. If anything, it seems the protests are becoming more intense and vigorous in their opposition of the e-tolls.
Among some of the protests that SANRAL has to contend with is the upcoming national mass protest bike ride by Bikers Against Tolls (B.A.T.) on Saturday 14 September. Bikers from all the country will depart from city centres “to protest the impending and flawed E-toll system and unfair tolling of motorcycles on the national highways”.
Bikers Against Tolls are staunch supporters of COSATU and OUTA in their efforts to prevent the introduction of e-tolls. Also, bikers see no reason why their smaller bikes should be charged the same toll fee as larger vehicles towing a caravan. Members of the public and the Democratic Alliance continue to support the bikers whenever they stage a protest. James Sleigh, one of the founders of Bikers Against Tolls, said: “We have had support from the DA in the Eastern and Western Cape. The DA joined in on the last protest ride in Cape Town by bringing in their campaign cars and flags etc.”