E-Tolls on hold over public concerns

2012-01-13 12:43

The planned implementation of e-tolling in Gauteng next month has been postponed to address public concerns, the board of the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) has said.

Tembakazi Mnyaka, chairperperson of the board, said in a statement that the board would address issues raised by the public and petitions sent to Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele.

The Sanral board met Ndebele in Pretoria yesterday to discuss the road agency’s mandate, Gauteng’s E-Tolls and future road programmes.

“The board is committed to meeting all its obligations to stakeholders, and is exploring different [channels],” said Mnyaka.

Before e-tolling commences, Sanral would present its findings to the minister who would present a report to Cabinet.

The controversial system was due to have been implemented in February but there was widespread criticism that it would place an unfair burden on Gauteng road users.

A civil disobedience campaign, led by the trade union federation Cosatu and the Democratic Alliance called on road users not to pay the toll fees.

The DA’s transport spokesperson in the Gauteng legislature, Neil Campbell, told the Sowetan newspaper: “If we all stand together resolutely refusing to be part of this unjust toll system, it will fail because Sanral, [as the toll collection company] and the justice system cannot cope with a boycott by 95% of highway users.”

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