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Nationwide urban tolling inevitable - Cosatu

Cosatu says that it is almost inevitable that urban tolling will be introduced nationally.

Motorists should brace themselves for the introduction of urban tolling, according to Cosatu.

CAPE TOWN - Congress of the South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) on Tuesday said that it is almost inevitable that urban tolling will be introduced nationally.

The trade union federation made a submission to the transport portfolio committee, calling on it to withdraw the Transport Law and Related Matters Amendment Bill.

The proposed law will govern tolling.

Cosatu's Jane Barrett said it is only a matter of time before urban tolling becomes a reality across the country.

She criticised the bill saying it was a rushed job and part of a process to legalise e-tolling.

"This bill points to the intention to roll out e-tolls in the rest of the country."

Barrett then lashed out at government for not doing enough to provide quality public transport.

She spoke of what she called "road segregation."

Barrett explained to MPs urban tolling will force the poor to use alternative roads, adding this is an invasion of the principle of freedom of movement.

Cosatu hopes the tolling system will be debated in Mangaung over December.

The public consultation process will take 30 days after which Transport Minister Ben Martins will have 14 days in which to determining the future of e-tolling.