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‘Don’t be fooled by low e-toll tariffs’

Reports claim govt will make the controversial system cheaper before switching it on.

OUTA's Wayne Duvenage says the public mustn't be fooled by any further drops in e-tolling tariffs, saying prices will rise over time. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - Motorists must not to be fooled by any further drops in e-toll tariffs, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance's (Outa) Wayne Duvenage said on Wednesday.

Duvenage says the fees will rise over time.

"The evils and costs of e-tolling don't go away by lowering fees. In fact it makes matters worse."

There are reports that the Department of Transport is considering "sweetening the deal" by making the controversial e-toll system cheaper before switching it on.

Despite an ongoing court battle between Outa and the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) over the multibillion Rand project, Parliament is in the process of clearing the final hurdles ahead of the launch.

Outa is challenging government's implementation of the system on the basis that it is irrational, unreasonable and illegal.

On Tuesday, cabinet urged the Gauteng government and municipalities to buy e-tags for all state vehicles.

However, Sanral hasn't yet committed to a launch date.

AN ONGOING BATTLE

Last month Outa told Eyewitness News it raised around R1.2 million in donations from the public for its court case against the controversial project.

It had previously made an urgent call for funding saying if it failed to raise R1 million in three weeks, it would have to consider abandoning its court case.

The Democratic Alliance (DA) also came forward to donate R1 million.

But the move sparked debate about whether the fight against Gauteng e-tolling was being politicised.

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has been staging regular 'go-slow' protests on Gauteng's roads to demonstrate their dissatisfaction with the system.

The Supreme Court of Appeal will hear the challenge against e-tolling in September.