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2011-10-31 09:23

EARLY CONCERNS: Questions were being asked as early as 2007 about feasibility of rolling out the e-tolling system on Gauteng's freeway network.

Johannesburg - Gauteng was warned that the province’s e-tolling system should not be implemented without improvements to the public transport.

The Saturday Star reported that the warning came in a 2007 review by the consortium of a legal firm and an international traffic and transport management company.

The review was commissioned at the time by the now-defunct Gauteng Transport Management Authority, a former agency of the provincial government, which was tasked with overseeing the province’s transport programmes and resources. It was handed to public transport, roads and works MEC, Ignatius Jacobs.


Concerns raised in the report by the consortium included that SA National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) made no mention of public transport in its proposals; the highway improvements, with the introduction of the tolls, would result in little or no change in traffic; the unlikelihood of achieving the suggested payment rates; and the effect of the upgraded and tolled freeways on the surrounding road network.

It was also found the tolling system was not considered in relation to the overall transport context.

Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele recently ordered Sanral halt all road project processes related to the tolling of national roads.

Forty two electronic toll gates have been erected in Gauteng on the N1, N3, N12, N17, R21 and R24. The tolls cover a distance of about 185km.

Sanral is currently embroiled in a dispute with the City of Cape Town, which opposes the erection of the e-toll systems on the Western Cape's N1 and N2 freeways.

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