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E-toll moves a step closer

A 30 day period for public submissions expired this week clearing another hurdle for Sanral.

Gauteng motorists will be tolled electronically once the e-toll system comes into effect. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The transport department says Minister Ben Martins is now considering public submissions relating to draft regulations affecting the multibillion Rand e-tolling project.

A 30 day period for these submissions expired this week clearing another hurdle for roads agency Sanral.

President Jacob Zuma also has to sign a separate bill into law after which an announcement about the start of e-tolling is expected.

The department's Tiyani Rhikotso said, "The date of the announcement and the launch will be determined by how soon the minister concludes his considerations."

Rhikotso says he can't at this stage give a date for when that will happen or when the news will be released publicly.

A court challenge against the controversial project is still underway.

Meanwhile, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) staged yet another drive slow on Monday in protest against e-tolls.

The drive slow began at the trade union federation's offices in Braamfontein and proceeded on the M1 North.

Cosatu spokesperson Patrick Craven says they will continue to show their opposition against e-tolling.