Govt not worried about e-toll backlash

Govt says it’s not panicking that people will rebel against e-tolling.

Cabinet has welcomed Zuma’s signing of the e-toll law and isn’t concerned the public will rebel. Picture: Lesego Ngobeni/EWN

CAPE TOWN - Government says it's not panicking about the possibility of people rebelling against e-tolling.

Acting cabinet spokeswoman Phumla Williams told journalists that the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) reports hundreds of thousands of motorists have already registered their vehicles.

Cabinet has welcomed President Jacob Zuma signing the e-tolling law into effect as well as the Supreme Court of Appeal's dismissal of the Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa)'s e-toll challenge.

Williams said, "Cabinet urges all the motorists who frequently use the Gauteng freeways to register with the system and purchase their e-tags so as to enjoy the discounted tariffs."

She says the government has heard people's concerns by introducing a cap on monthly toll fees, shielding the poor with exemptions for public transport and giving transport companies a rebate.

She added that Sanral has reported that 608,000 vehicles are already registered and this does not indicate signs of a major boycott.

"At this point we are not in a panic that people are going to be rebelling."

She said Transport Minister Dipuo Peters will announce the date for when e-tolling will be launched.