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Vadi: E-toll alternatives available

The controversial Gauteng e-tolling system is launching on 3 December.

An e-toll gantry. The Gauteng Department of Roads and Transport says motorists are not forced to use these roads. Picture: Sapa.

MIDRAND - Gauteng Transport MEC Ismail Vadi on Thursday said the province is launching its upgraded alternative routes to the Gauteng e-tolls.

The controversial project is due to launch on 3 December.

The gantries will go live on Tuesday but the department says other routes are available, giving motorists more options.

Vadi says it's only fair that motorists have a choice.

"Today our department will launch its campaign to popularise the alternative 'no-toll' roads so the public can exercise a degree of choice when using the provincial road network."

He says this isn't in response to the public outcry against e-tolling.

Vadi says they have been working on upgrading the province's roads for some time.

The department says the alternative routes include the R55 and the N14 as well as the M1 and R82 between Johannesburg and Vereeniging.

The MEC says they plan to continue with upgrades and maintenance to these no-toll roads.