The DA has proposed a draft bill that would compel the South African National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) to obtain the majority approval of provincial legislatures before it can declare a toll road, and to identify an alternative route for motorists to use. Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage said his organisation supported the draft bill, but would propose to take it further by stipulating that Sanral itself must maintain the alternative route, and that all the revenue from a particular toll road will have to be ploughed back into that road and not pooled for the entire toll road network. This would mean that toll fees would fall when there was no longer a need to invest in maintenance. Also, there should be greater transparency in relation to the concession contract. The state-owned agency, which is responsible for the national and provincial road network, would also be obliged to seek comment from all the municipal councils within the area of the proposed toll road before making its decl...

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