E-toll judgment starts

2012-04-28 11:31
Johannesburg - Judge Bill Prinsloo started delivering judgment on an urgent application to halt the Gauteng e-toll project in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Saturday.

He started by summarising what had been said in court the past few days.

An application was made this week by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) for an urgent interdict to stop the launch of the system, so that a full court review could be carried out to decide if it should be scrapped or not.

Outa lawyer Alistair Franklin this week argued that the system was unreasonable as it had disproportionate costs attached to it.

"Collecting costs are exceeding the cost of improvement [of the roads]," he told the court.

The scheme had been postponed five times since April last year.

On Thursday, it was announced by the transport department that the e-toll system would be postponed until May 30.

This was to finalise regulations and administrative issues from the public and interested stakeholders

E-tolling was initially due to be implemented on Monday on 185km of highway in the province.

With effect from May 30, motorcycles with e-tags will pay 20c/km and those without, 38cs. Light motor vehicles will pay 30c and 58c respectively, and non-articulated trucks 75c and R1.45.

Articulated trucks with e-tags will pay R1.51/km, and those without R2.90. The cost for motorcycles and light vehicles will be capped at R550 a month.

SA National Roads Agency Limited said motorists who did not register for e-tags will pay a three times higher punitive rate for using the new toll roads.

The agency cited costs associated with recovering payment, including invoicing and debt collection, as reasons for the R1.75c punitive tariff per kilometre, compared to the standard tariff of 30c per kilometre for registered users.

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