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‘Govt did all it could to limit e-toll burden’

Transport Minister Ben Martins said the e-tolls’ user-pay principle was met with little resistance.

Transport Minister Ben Martins. Picture: Matshidiso Madia/EWN

PRETORIA - Government on Friday said it has done whatever it can to protect the poor from the financial burden of e-tolling by introducing new exemptions and limits on payments.

Earlier, Transport Minister Ben Martins confirmed that the controversial system will go ahead in Gauteng.

But proposed tariffs are significantly lower than those announced at the beginning of the project.

A regular motorist with an e-tag will now pay 30 cents per kilometre, while those who do not register for the system will pay almost double the price.

Martins said the inter-ministerial committee met little resistance with the user-pay principle, except from the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa).

"Most of the stakeholders agreed on the user-payer principle."

He said public transport operators and certain types of emergency vehicles will be exempt from paying tolls.

"Everything possible will be done to reduce the costs and limit the financial burden on consumers."

Friday also marked the start of the 30-day public consultation process.

_For a document explaining the new tariffs and discounts _ click here.