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Tolling law makes no provision for GP

The DA says the implementation of e-tolling can only be considered in mid-October.

E-toll gantry in Gauteng. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - While the inter-ministerial committee on e-tolling is conducting its final round of consultations, there are concerns the national Department of Transport is dragging its feet in presenting the legislation needed to implement e-tolling.

The committee met with the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Tuesday, but Outa said the meeting failed to produce anything concrete.

The alliance applied for the urgent interdict granted by the High Court in Pretoria in April, to halt the implementation of the project.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) said Transport Minister Ben Martins has not presented any documentation to Parliament regarding the implementation, despite promising to do so in the third term of this year.

DA Shadow Minister of Transport Ian Ollis said the rolling out of the controversial system can now only be considered in the fourth term, which begins in mid-October.

Ollis said e-tolls could be implemented on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) in terms of the current legislation, but that it will be difficult because the legislation does not make provision for open road tolling which is the system built in Gauteng.

Last week, the Constitutional Court overturned the interim order which prevented the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) from rolling out e-tolls in the province.

The ruling is not the end of the contentious e-tolling matter, as a full review of the system is set to be heard in the North Gauteng High Court in November.

E-tolling could see motorists paying up to 35c per km to use some of Gauteng's highways.

Revenue made from the project will pay a R20 billion debt Sanral incurred to build the country's largest toll road.