Chapmans Peak Drive near Hout Bay remains free for some!

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No toll fee for ambulances in crisis

Private ambulances transporting emergency patients will not have to pay toll fees on Chapman’s Peak, says transport MEC Robin Carlisle, who stepped into the fray over the tolling of emergency vehicles on Tuesday.

This follows an article in the Cape Times in which Alan Walter, director of the Cape Medical Response Team, said paramedics had to scramble for money at the toll gate inb December while transporting an emergency patient from Hout Bay to Constantiaberg.

Carlisle said the gazetted regulations stated that all designated emergency vehicles were exempt from Chappies toll fees.

Designated vehicles included those of SAPS, SA National Defence Force, Provincial Health Department and City of Cape Town.

Before reading Carlisle’s statement, Walter said: “It was a pity that it had taken a ‘bit of a storm’ before the policy was changed.

“I am happy if we can change that because it will make the job of saving people’s lives easier,” he said.

Carlisle told the Cape Times that private ambulances and National Sea Rescue Institute vehicles involved in “genuine” emergencies would be exempt from the toll fee.

“I was unaware that private ambulances operated on that road and had to pay fees.

“I am glad it has been brought to my attention and they will now pass through because we can’t have them waiting at the toll gate to pay.”

Walters had previously written to Rob Pomario, a director of Entilini Concession, and was told ambulances should carry a float at all times to avoid any delays in finding money for toll fees. – Cape Times

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