At least 6 weeks till e-tolls

2013-10-10 17:49

It will take at least six weeks for e-tolling to become operational in Gauteng, the transport department has said.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters could announce a date only after the 30 days for public comment on the tariffs, which were published in the Government Gazette yesterday, said spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso.

“The minister needs to then consider them before making a final determination on what the toll tariffs are going to be, following the input we receive,” he said.

After this, Peters would announce the date when e-tolling would become operational, and this could happen only within another 14 days.

“We need to allow time for those processes to take place without rushing through them.

“Eventually, the law requires the minister give notice of the commencement of tolling, and 14 days need to pass from the announcement date to the implementation date,” said Rikhotso.

Yesterday, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed an appeal by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) in its challenge of the implementation of e-tolls by the SA National Roads Agency Limited.

“We encourage members of the public to register for e-tolling and get their tags.

“If you are in possession of a tag, you have certain benefits due to you, being lower tariffs versus those who don’t have tags.

“People should disregard any calls to engage in passive resistance to e-tolling or civil disobedience,” Rikhotso said.

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