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'No prosecution for e-toll offenders'

The Transport Minister told EWN that more time is needed to iron out e-toll related problems.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters told Eyewitness News on Friday motorists won't be prosecuted for outstanding e-toll bills while authorities sort out inconsistencies in the system.

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) announced it appointed two prosecutors to deal with motorists who weren't paying their e-toll bills.

Peters says she has urged the South African National Roads agency Limited (Sanral) not to go ahead with the NPA arrangements to prosecute light vehicle motorists.

"For now, no-one will be prosecuted because remember this is the first year. We must still look into the challenges."

Peters says more time is needed to iron out e-tolling related problems.

The minister says problems with e-toll bills could have been sorted out by 2011 if implementation of the multibillion rand project had not been delayed.

The e-tolling system went live on 3 December after months of legal wranglings, protests and calls for civil disobedience.