Calls have come from many quarters to do away with the general fuel levy, given its contribution to the record-breaking price of fuel. Yet, it also contributes R90-billion to the fiscus and experts contend that, should it be scrapped, the government would have few ways to raise a similar amount.
The general fuel levy is a tax on each litre of fuel sold and is pegged at R3.93 a litre (up from R3.77 last year). The Road Accident Fund levy is R2.18 a litre (up from R2.07 last year). Combined, they add R6.11 to every litre of petrol and diesel sold in the country, according to the Automobile Association.