n Civil Engineering = Siviele Ingenieurswese - Running dry - assessing the fuel levy as a long-term, economically efficient road-use fund : transportation engineering

Volume 23, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 1021-2000



The fuel levy, a domestic transport cost component added to the basic fuel price, has long been South Africa's main source of income to fund the construction and maintenance of roads, as well as lend support to public transport. During the 2012/2013 financial year the fuel levy (which was ring-fenced for the provision of road infrastructure from 1935 to 1988) contributed R40.4 billion to the National Revenue Fund administered by National Treasury. Recent comments regarding e-tolling of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) have raised questions and strong opinions about the continuing use of the fuel levy as an income source from road users to fund land transport operations and infrastructure in South Africa.

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