No plans for shunned e-toll in KZN

2011-02-22 00:00

THERE are no immediate plans to introduce so-called open road e-tolling in KZN.

The introduction by the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) of the system in Gauteng — in which motorists must pay per kilometre travelled on that province’s freeways — has been criticised by opposition parties, economists, automobile associations and public transportation representatives.

Sanral chief executive officer Nazir Alli said yesterday future plans could include nationalising the e-toll system and doing away with toll plazas, but this would only happen in the long term.

The e-toll system for the 185-kilometre Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) is expected to go live in June.

The KZN Congress of SA Trade Unions said they would reject such a system in the province.

After a Provincial Executive Committee meeting, KZN secretary-general Zet Luzipho said tolling is an unfair burden to the poor.

He welcomed Economic Development and Tourism MEC Mike Mabuyakhulu’s statement reported in a Durban paper yesterday that e-tolling will be opposed by provincial government because of the financial burden on motorists.

Alli explained that visitors to Gauteng will be expected to register with the e-tolling system to obtain an electronic tag that would see their bank account debited for kilometres travelled.

Recently announced rates are 66c per kilometre for light vehicles, R3,96 for heavy vehicles and 40c for motorcycles.

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