Govt. ready for e-tolling review

A full review of the Gauteng tolling system will begin on 26 November.

Toll road gantry on one of Gauteng's highways. Picture: Sapa.

JOHANNESBURG - Government expressed its relief on Thursday that the date set for the final e-tolling battle has been set, and that the project's fate can finally be decided.

A full review of the system will begin on 26 November.

An interdict was issued in April to halt the project, but will be challenged at the Constitutional Court during August.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance's (Outa) Wayne Duvenage said they have been studying thousands of pages of documents which they secured through the courts.

These relate to how e-tolling came about and the economics behind the project.

"We see nothing that strengthen government's and Sanral's [South African Roads Agency Limited] case."

Government said it is not prepared to discuss the merits of the case at this stage but will present its side in court.

A task team led by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was assigned to explore alternative funding models and is yet to hand over its findings to cabinet.

The court papers show that over 20 years, the collection costs of R21.56 billion were higher than the R20.5 billion construction costs.

The alliance concluded it had established the right to have the decisions to declare the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project as toll roads reviewed.