Sanral to make submissions to e-toll review panel

The Transport Dept and Sanral will make their submissions after previously refusing to engage with the panel.

FILE: An e-toll gantry on the N1 in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - It appears the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) and the Department of Transport have made an about turn now agreeing to make representations to the Gauteng e-toll review panel.

The panel set up by Premier David Makhura, has been hearing submissions over the impact of e-tolls on Gauteng motorists.

So far most of the representations heard are calling for the scrapping of the entire system.

Both groups previously snubbed the process, but Transport minister Dipuo Peters says they now want to clear "distortions" made by opposing parties.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance Spokesperson Wayne Duvenage says this is long overdue.

"Sanrals board and their executive team need to be called to task. A lot of hard questions they have not being answering. If they do not participate in the process of debate then they will not open their modeling process and how they arrived at this decision."

Motorists have held drive-slows on the freeways in showing the opposition to the system.

A high number of motorists also burnt their e-toll bills in front of Sanral offices over the weekend.