E-toll bill waits for Zuma

2013-07-28 19:00
E-tolls (Picture: Sapa)

E-tolls (Picture: Sapa)

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Johannesburg - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says her department will forge ahead with its plans to implement e-tolling on Gauteng’s freeways once President Jacob Zuma has signed the tolling bill into law.

She denied that Zuma was delaying the signing of the transport laws and related matters amendment bill – which paves the way for the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to implement e-tolling on the province’s highways – because of next year’s elections.

Tolling is unpopular in the province, and it is expected to be a major electoral issue.

On Thursday, Zuma signed five bills into law but left out the transport bill.

Peters said the regulations were in place already, and that the department was waiting for Zuma.

"As the minister I am not informed about that [the delay due to elections]. It [e-tolls] can come anytime this year,” she said.

Kapsch TrafficCom AG, the Austrian toll roads company, told its shareholders this month that its losses were because of the delays in the implementation of Gauteng’s tolls.

It projected that it would rake in R669m a year once tolling kicks in, but Sanral has denied that tolling revenue would go overseas.

Read more on:    jacob zuma  |  dipuo peters  |  johannesburg  |  legislation  |  transport  |  tolls

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