Sanco welcomes e-toll postponement

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An E-toll Customer Service Kiosk in Southgate Mall opened for registration and customer service. Photo: Dumisani Sibeko

Johannesburg – The postponement of the introduction of electronic tolling on Gauteng road is a victory for public participation, the SA National Civic Organisation (Sanco) said on Sunday.

“We view this development as a victory to public participation. A victory to democracy and it is a positive signal towards a democratic developmental state.” said spokesman Dumisane Mthalane.

He said Sanco would continue to mobilise and advocate for public consultation and involvement on the issue and all other developmental programmes.

The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) announced on Friday that e-tolling had been placed on hold, following its meeting on Thursday with Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele.

The controversial system was due to have been implemented in February but there was widespread criticism that it would place an unfair burden on Gauteng road users.

“We welcome the commitment by Sanral and the minister to address the current stakeholders concerns and issues raised in the petitions submitted to the minister,” Mthalane said. – Sapa

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Sanco welcomes e-toll postponement