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New e-tolls model could take 18 months to be implemented

This week, Cyril Ramaphosa announced changes to the controversial system.

FILE: The Transport Department said it could take about 18 months to implement new changes to the e-tolling system in Gauteng and has urged motorists to see the benefits of improved freeways. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Transport Department said it could take about 18 months to implement new changes to the e-tolling system in Gauteng and has urged motorists to see the benefits of improved freeways.

This week Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced that e-tolls would be made cheaper, that the cap on monthly payments would be reduced and that it would be impossible to renew a licence disc without paying e-toll bills.

Many Gauteng motorists have reacted with outrage, taking to social media to declare that they simply won't pay.

LISTEN: Chief Economist at Investment Solutions Chris Hart gives five reasons why the e-toll announcement is not good news at all.

The department's Tiyani Rikhotso said government has done everything it can to reduce the financial burden on motorists and can't understand why people are still defiant.

"If you look at the new user regulation, government has gone to certain lines to ensure that the financial burden is lessened on the part of the consumers, what more can government do?"

A man said he already owes over R50,000.

"I am worried about it, but I am not going to pay it. I can't afford to pay e-tolls."

The department said it isn't yet planning on tolling more routes in the province, and it will take some time before the changes and new regulations are implemented.