Cow bay, e-toll


The offending e-toll system on some of Gauteng’s roads is officially a thing of the past.

The announcement was made on Wednesday during a joint media conference by Sindisiwe Chikunga, minister of transport, Panyaza Lesufi, Gauteng premier, Themba Mhambi, chairman of the South African Roads Agency (Sanral), as well as Sanral’s chief executive, Reginald Demana.

“We stand on the eve of history; by tomorrow (Thursday) at midnight the e-toll gates will no longer collect money from us here in Gauteng,” said Lesufi.

“Finally, e-toll is now history.”

Lesufi says the suspension of the system brings an end to something the province never wanted in the first place. Lesufi also thanked Sanral for its cooperation in ending the system.

The e-toll system was implemented on 3 December 2013 to pay off the debt of the Gauteng Highway Improvement Project (GFIP).

After years of opposition and thousands of motorists simply refusing to pay their e-toll bills, the system will now be switched off tomorrow at 23:59:59.

Regarding motorists’ outstanding e-toll debt, Chikunga said plans for this have already been drawn up.

The system will apparently also be used for crime fighting in the future.

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