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Gauteng motorists told to buy e-tags

Sanral announced that the controversial system is ready to go live in the next two months.

A protester holds up a placard voicing their message against e-tolling. Picture: Aletta Gardner/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Thursday called on all Gauteng motorists to register for e- tags ahead of the planned launch of the controversial e-tolling system in June.

The agency also announced that the system was ready to go live in the next two months, pending Parliamentary approval.

The tolling system has been met with fierce opposition from the public and civil society organisations, with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) staging several protests along the province's highways.

The battle to halt the tolls also went to court, but ultimately government won the appeal in the Constitutional Court.

Sanral's Vusi Mona said at least 600,000 motorists have already bought e-tags.

"The minister of transport will then announce the tariff which will then be followed by the necessary notice period and thereafter, e-tolling will start."

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

Meanwhile, there are plans to also introduce the tolling system in the Western Cape.

The matter will be debated in court in May after the City of Cape Town made it clear it was opposed to the N1/N2 Winelands Toll Project.