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Taxis must register for e-tags – Vadi

Over 40,000 registered public transport vehicles still need to be placed on the e-tag system before next...

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Over 40,000 registered public transport vehicles still need to be placed on the e-tag system before next week, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said on Monday.

Amendments to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)’s draft legislation were announced on Monday.

The changes allow for taxis, emergency vehicles and buses to be excluded from paying for tolls.

But Vadi said only registered vehicles will qualify.

He said officials will try and register all 47,800 public transport vehicles in the province.

Gauteng motorists will have to fork out 30 cents per kilometre to use of the province’s highways from April 30.

The controversial e-tolling system will affect a 185km stretch of the N1, N3, N12 and R21 around Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Meanwhile, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) has filed the urgent application in a bid to derail the project.

The matter will be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Tuesday.

Earlier in April, the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) was hauled before the National Consumer Commission for alleged violations of the Consumer Protection Act.

The proposed project has also received sharp criticism from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Gauteng ANC Youth League.

(Edited by Thato Motaung)


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