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E-toll launch date yet to announced

The proposed fees for the Gauteng e-tolling project might change after public consultations.

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

PRETORIA - Government on Friday said it was not in a position to give a firm date on when e-toll gantries will go live.

But Transport Minister Ben Martins announced the new proposed tariffs and confirmed that the controversial project will go ahead.

According to the new rates, regular motorists with an e-tag will pay around 30 cents per kilometre to use a large stretch of Gauteng highways.

Government also introduced a series of exemptions, which affect public transport operators and certain emergency vehicles.

Martins said the poor will be shielded by the new exemptions.

He said the fees may drop even further following a 30-day public consultation period, which began on Friday.

"It is not correct to say that these fees are cast in stone."

Government was not able to give an exact date for when the e-tolls will be rolled out, but theoretically speaking, it could be as early as December.

Meanwhile, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) remains adamant it will be able to enforce the toll fees and collect money from those who do not pay.

Martins added the user-pay principle was met with little resistance, with Cosatu and Outa being the only groups that rejected the system.

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