Peters: E-toll bills haven’t exceed R450

The minister challenged any registered motorist to take the matter up with her dept.

Transport minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Not a single e-tolling bill has exceeded R450 a month for motorists who have been tagged, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Wednesday.

Speaking at the launch of Transport Month in Sandton this morning, she challenged anyone who disagrees to take it up with her department.

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

Peters says national government conducted its own reviews in the past.

She refused to be associated with Gauteng Premier David Makhura's assessment panel established in July.

The e-tolling panel concluded its last public consultation on Friday.

Peters says only national government has power over policy relating to e-tolling.

"The big elephant in the room is infrastructure funding and also pricing, that is the big debate that we need to start."

The minister also dodged a question on whether a fuel levy will be a better way to pay for roads.

"I think that at another time, we need to debate this issue."

The Gauteng ANC on Tuesday announced that the multi-billion rand system will be discussed with party members at an elective conference in Pretoria.

Delegates from more than 400 branches will attend the conference in Pretoria.

The system went live on 3 December after months of legal wrangling, protests and calls for civil disobedience.