DCCI: e-Tolls ok for N3, but not in KZN towns

2014-03-10 00:00

THE DURBAN Chamber of Commerce and Industry (DCCI) will support e-tolling at existing tolling stations but not an urban tolling system.

Chamber chairperson Andrew Layman said e-tolling on the N3 or any other national highway would be good for the movement of people and products, but they would oppose such a system being implemented within the eThekwini Metro.

E-tolling is a system that allows microchipped vehicles to seamlessly pass through tolling stations without stopping and which allows the user to either pre-pay for the service or be debited through a linked bank account.

His comments come just days after Sanral chief executive Nazir Ali told a Durban business forum last week that e-tolling technology would be implemented at Sanral tolls including the N3 Mariannhill toll plaza.

E-tolling has become synonymous with the Gauteng freeway improvement project, which has seen e-tolling gantries erected along the Johannesburg freeway network on the basis of a user pays policy. The system has been mired in controversy and has been the subject of several civil court actions.

Ali told the Progressive Professionals Forum’s infrastructure development symposium that e-tolling was simply another method of collecting money.

Layman said e-tolling at existing tolls would make sense in order to allow traffic to flow.

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