Plans to extend the Gautrain project have given rise to concerns that motorists will have to pay for the multibillion-rand project through taxes. William Dachs, Gautrain Management Agency CEO, said that motorists did not pay their fair share of taxes and warned that the failed e-tolls system has simply perpetuated the problem. Gautrain is exploring various models for funding which could include general tax increases, fuel tax and fuel levies, to expand the network into Soweto, Lanseria and Mamelodi.
In response to Gautrain’s announcement, Wayne Duvenage from Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse said: “The motorists in this country are overtaxed. When you put thee fuel levies, the vehicle license fees which have gone up over the last number of years, when you look at the VAT that you pay on vehicles, and import duties, the problem is that we don’t necessarily want to use road vehicles but we have no alternatives.” Howard Demvovsky of the Justice Project SA also responded: “I think it’s time that the CEO of the Gautrain and everyone else involved realised that it is a great big elephant and either turn it into a profitable business that offers a proper service or shut the thing down.”
Dachs since responded saying that Gautrain was not expecting motorists to foot the bill, claiming that he was misunderstood.