Zuma makes e-tolls bill law

Pretoria – President Jacob Zuma has signed the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill into law which provides for the collection of tolls on Gauteng’s roads, among other things.

File// President Jacob Zuma answering questions in parliament. Source: GCIS
File// President Jacob Zuma answering questions in parliament. Source: GCIS

The bill was necessitated by the development of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) as well as future plans for the development of the country’s roads infrastructure.  The bill will give effect to the appropriate implementation of electronic toll collection.

A statement released by the Presidency on Wednesday, said the Act will facilitate the upgrading and development of the transport infrastructure and public transport in the Republic.

“In effect the Act will provide more effectively for the collection of toll; to amend the Cross-Border Road Transport Act, 1998 (Act No. 4 of 1998), to empower the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency to collect toll on behalf of SANRA,” said the Presidency.

Last month, SANRAL said only a fraction of road users of the GFIP will pay the maximum monthly cost of using the road, which is capped at R450 for those who have registered for e-tags.

It said e-tolling will not cost motorists a fortune, as the vast majority of motorists (82.83%) will only pay R100 a month.

He said Sanral used actual data from its toll collection system to calculate these figures, adding that the initial calculations were done over a two-month period. – SAnews.gov.za

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