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E-tolls ready in one month – Peters

While no launch date is set, the minister says it will take just a month to finalise regulations.

A motorist uses the N12 highway, a proposed toll road in Johannesburg, on 15 November 2012. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

JOHANNESBURG - The Department of Transport needs less than a month to finalise e-tolling regulations ahead of the project's launch, Minister Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday.

But there is still no exact date for when the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) will switch on the gantries across Gauteng highways.

Peters says a launch date will be announced once everything is finalised.

"I believe that we need less than a month to get our ducks in a row and make sure that we start implementing."

She called on motorists to buy e-tags.

"I made that call long ago but now that it is law, I'm appealing once more; let us all register."

Last week, President Jacob Zuma signed a bill into a law giving the multi-billion rand project the green light.

But e-toll critics say the sheer volume of transactions and the number of drivers who won't pay will force the entire system to collapse.

The Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein is yet to deliver its judgment in a legal challenge against tolling.