High Court stops e-tolls

2012-04-28 12:22
Pretoria - The e-toll project in Gauteng must be put on hold with immediate effect, Judge Bill Prinsloo ruled in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Saturday.

"I make the following order... the first respondent [SA National Roads Agency] is interdicted and restrained from levying and collecting tolls," said Prinsloo.

Everyone in the public gallery stood up and clapped hands after he delivered his judgment.

Prinsloo granted an urgent interdict, brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), 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.

Prinsloo said that while he realised Sanral would suffer huge financial losses, members of the public would also suffer hardship of the controversial project went ahead.

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 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.

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.

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