Outa to decide on e-tolls appeal

Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance will contemplate whether to continue challenging e-tolls.

Sanral CEO celebrates in court on 13 December 2012, after the North Gauteng High Court dismissed OUTA’s application to have e-tolling in Gauteng abandoned. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) said it will make a final decision on whether to continue its legal battle against e-tolling, in just over a week's time.

Earlier this month the alliance suffered a crushing defeat at the North Gauteng High Court, which paved the way for roads agency Sanral to switch on its gantries.

This is not expected to happen before February, 2013 because of a parliamentary process.

The alliance's Wayne Duvenage said, "The appeal has to be handed in by the 9th of January and we have our final meeting on the 7th of January [2013].

"In the meantime, the applications for leave to appeal will be drafted."

Funding continues to be a major issue for Outa.

Another issue, is the fact that the appeal will likely return to the Constitutional Court, which has already dismissed its case.

The High Court ruled the public was aware of the impact of e-tolling and that courts have no right to interfere in major policy decisions.