'E-tolling panel has nothing to do with my dept'

Peters says debate in the sector should be around infrastructure funding & pricing, not just e-tolling.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says the big debate in the transport sector should be around infrastructure funding and pricing and not just e-tolling.

The minister launched Transport Month in Sandton this morning.

An assessment panel has been established by the provincial government in Gauteng to determine the impact of the multi-billion rand e-tolling system on motorists.

But Peters has reiterated that the panel has got nothing to do with her department.

"That panel's report is not my report. It's not the National Department of Transport's report because we did not constitute a panel to review any policy. The user-pay principle is a policy of South Africa."

The panel was set up by Gauteng Premier David Makhura in July.It concluded its last public consultation process on Friday.

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

The African National Congress (ANC) in Gauteng says e-tolling has improved the quality of the roads in the province but adds, if it's impacting on the lives of residents then the organisation needs to listen to their grievances.

The ANC in the province has previously been opposed to the project and this issue is expected to be high on the agenda at this weekend's elective conference.

More than 400 branches will attend the conference in Pretoria.

Current deputy provincial secretary Boyce Maneli said the party can't ignore the e-tolling controversy.

"As a party that listens to the people, we should be looking at the impact of e-tolls on the lives of people in Gauteng. So as we engage in policy discussions, we should be able to discuss these issues as they affect our people and see what else needs to be done."