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E-tolls to launch in two months - Sanral

Sanral is now waiting for Parliament to give the green light to implement the controversial project.

Tolls sign. Picture: Supplied.

JOHANNESBURG - The controversial Gauteng e-tolling system will be ready for launch in the next two months, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Thursday.

According to the agency, it is now waiting for Parliament to give the project the green light.

E-tolling has been met with fierce opposition in the province.

In 2012, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) approached the courts in a bid to halt the project.

The alliance managed to secure an interdict in the North Gauteng High Court, but Sanral took the matter to the Constitutional Court which set aside the interdict.

Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said, "In recent discussions between Sanral and the Department of Transport, we have agreed to go live with the system in the next two months."

Gauteng motorists with e-tags will pay up to 30 cents per kilometre or a maximum of R550 a month to use the province's highways.

Revenue from the project will pay off the 2007 debt incurred by Sanral to build the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

Plans to implement tolls in the Western Cape were also been met with resistance.