Cabinet appoints toll system task team

2011-10-15 17:41
Johannesburg - The Cabinet has appointed a task team to look into the controversial Gauteng tolling system, the transport department said on Saturday.

"Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan and others are part of the task team," said spokesperson Logan Maistry.

The Cabinet approved reduced toll tariffs in August for the N1 highway between Johannesburg and Pretoria. These are expected to come into effect in the new year.

Motorcyclists are to pay 24c/km, light motor vehicles 40c, medium vehicles R1, and "longer" vehicles R2/km. Taxis and buses were exempted.

The Democratic Alliance recently launched a resistance campaign to the tolling of Gauteng's major highways through social networking sites. The party was also planning protest marches

Plans to put up toll gate structures on the N1 and N2 in Cape Town have also been met with resistance.

"The public has different views on the toll system and road funding is an issue we all need to discuss, roads need to be built, and maintained, Maistry said.

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