Gauteng e-toll agreement much closer

Friday, September 28, 2012

Pretoria - The Gauteng e-tolling system will soon be a reality even though government and stakeholders are not at a point of conclusion at their final round of talks, but are getting closer to finding a consensus.

Speaking on SABC television last night, the country's Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said: "As a middle road, we believe we are making steady progress, we are really getting closer to a meeting point.

"However, I am not in a position to say so conclusively because we still have to meet other stakeholders."

A week ago, the Constitutional Court opened the way for the Gauteng e-tolling system to be implemented when it set aside a Pretoria High Court ruling made in April that prevented the system from going ahead, pending a judicial review in November.

This means SANRAL and the Department of Transport are legally entitled to begin rolling out the system.

A final round of talks between government and stakeholders on the Gauteng e-tolling system got underway in Pretoria on Tuesday afternoon.

The inter-ministerial task team has already consulted labour federation, Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance and will end with a meeting with the Road Freight Association.

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