'Open road tolling not an option'

Sanral denies claims its WC N1/N2 tolling project is an open road tolling system.

Sanral denies claims its WC N1/N2 tolling project is an open road tolling system.

CAPE TOWN - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) on Thursday slammed claims it will be rolling out an open road tolling system in Cape Town.

The company has been lashed for planning to introduce its N1/N2 Winelands toll highway project between Cape Town and Worcester.

But the City of Cape Town has turned to the courts to try and stop the initiative from going ahead.

Sanral said claims that open road tolling will be launched in the cape are grossly misleading.

Open road tolling is similar to e-tolling, which Sanral plans to roll out in Gauteng in a few months' time.

Sanral said it wants to build toll plazas along the N1 and N2 highways in the Cape and will appoint a concessionaire to the project.

But these plans have been put on hold until June, due to a court challenge.

Meanwhile, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has yet to comment on the Cape tolling saga.

It's been vocal in its opposition to e-tolling in Gauteng.