E-toll review panel to meet planning, transport experts

Today’s roundtable discussion with experts in the transport sector will not be open to the public or media.

FILE: The e-toll review panel is investigating the socio-economic impact of e-tolling on Gauteng motorists. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Gauteng e-toll assessment panel is expected to meet planning and transport experts today before consulting political parties later this week, in the last leg of its probe.

The panel was set up by Gauteng Premier David Makhura, to assess the socio-economic impact of the multi-billion rand project on motorists and the province's economy.

Today's roundtable discussion with experts in the transport sector will not be open to the public or media.

Political parties will have the final say from Thursday, before the panel starts analysing all the information it's heard over the past few months.

The African National Congress in the province at the weekend reiterated it would not be supporting the tolling project, with chairperson Paul Mashatile saying a new system must be introduced.

"People are not saying they don't want to pay but they are saying this one, the way it's designed, is problematic, expensive and creating problems. Let's look at another method."

The Democratic Alliance and Economic Freedom Fighters will be among the first parties to make submissions to the panel on Thursday.

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