E-toll hearings underway in Parly

Western Cape residents have an opportunity to make themselves heard regarding e-tolling.

Members of the public have an opportunity to make themselves heard regarding e-tolls.

CAPE TOWN - The South African Local Government Association (Salga) has suggested including what it regards as a crucial addition to draft laws relating to urban tolling.

Parliament's transport portfolio committee is currently holding public hearings, on how to regulate tolling and the impacts thereof.

Salga wants an additional clause to the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, making it obligatory in the future for the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to carry out impact studies of tolling, before it is implemented in Gauteng.

Sanral's Alex van Niekerk on Tuesday said all the required studies were done before e-tolling was introduced in the province.

"These interactions and studies were provided as it was requested."

Sanral has reported that 500,000 e-tags have been sold to motorists and fleet vehicles.

Meanwhile, the Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu), which is against the tolling system, has threatened to bring Gauteng to a standstill if the project is implemented.

A full North Gauteng High Court review of the controversial system is due to be heard on 26 November.

Revenue from the system is due to pay of a multi-billion rand debt Sanral incurred in 2007, to fix roads.