E-tolling on Gauteng's highways will commence on December 3 this year. Transport Minister Dipuo Peters has announced the date at a media briefing in Pretoria on Wednesday.
President Jacob Zuma signed into law the Transport Laws and Related Amendment Bill in September, paving way for The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) to launch the tolls.
Peters says after considering all submissions, motorists should co-operate and allow roads agency Sanral to recover their losses.
“I've made the final determination on the toll tariffs. I further determined that tolling on the designated sections on Gauteng highways will commence on December 3, 2013.”
Gauteng is the economic hub of our country and occupies a prominent place on our continent.
She says Sanral should be allowed to start collecting toll fees in order to begin to repay the debt incurred when the roads were upgraded. “We cannot afford to continue to expose the portfolio to any further financial risks.”
Peters says urban tolling can only work well through an electronic collection system given the traffic volumes that form part of a busy metropolitan such as the one we have in Gauteng. “There is a continuous need to continue to work on de-congesting roads to allow the smooth flow of traffic.”
The transport minister says, “Gauteng is the economic hub of our country and occupies a prominent place on our continent. It offers a lot of potential for economic growth. Its full potential can only be realised if we ensure that the province has the necessary infrastructure required to exploit its full potential.”