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Peters: Sanral not out to make a profit from e-tolls

The minister said she hopes her department's engagement with the e-toll panel will address half-truths.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters. Picture: EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says the tolling of Gauteng's highways was the brainchild of the provincial government in 1996 and not a national plan that was imposed on the province.

The minister made representations in Pretoria today to the Gauteng e-tolls review panel.

The panel was established by Gauteng Premier David Makhura to assess the economic and social impact of e-tolls on motorists in the province.

Peters dismissed criticism that government has been insensitive to the concerns of the community.

"The concessions government has made to reduce the costs of transport of the users of the province's e-toll network are an indication that this government cares for its people and has listened to them."

The minister said she hopes her department's engagement with the panel will address half-truths, and settle lies.

'SANRAL NOT OUT TO MAKE A PROFIT'

Peters stressed that the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is not out to make a profit from Gauteng's road users from the implementation of e-tolls and is merely recovering the costs of revamping the province's highways.

She said Sanral is a government entity that implements policy and is not permitted to generate profit.

Peters said public transport operators are specifically exempt from paying to ease the burden on low-income earners.

"They are exempt because people who use public transport are in the low-income bracket so the system won't affect the poor."

The minister urged road-users to accept that e-tolls were legally implemented.

Treasury is scheduled to make representations to the panel tomorrow and Sanral on Thursday.

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