No e-toll prosecutions until November: minister

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters says that motorists will not be prosecuted for outstanding e-toll bills until the review panel delivers its findings in November.

Eye Witness News reported on Friday that Peters requested that the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) not to pursue National Prosecuting (NPA) plans to prosecute road users.

On Tuesday (15 July), the NPA said it had assigned two prosecutors to work with Sanral to deal with non-payment of e-toll.

Peters told Eye Witness News: “For now, no-one will be prospected because remember, this is the first year. We must still look into the challenges.” The minister called for more time to assess e-tolling concerns.

The e-toll system was implemented across Gauteng on December 3, following several court challenges and widespread public opposition.

Many motorists have refused to get an e-tag or pay their e-tolls.

Gauteng Premier, David Makhura recently announced a panel of 15 people appointed to assess the socio-economic impact of e-tolls in the province.

The panel, which met for the first time on Thursday, will assess the effect of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project on the economy and on Gauteng residents.

It would invite proposals and submissions from residents on proposed solutions, and then submit its findings and recommendations to the provincial government in November.

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No e-toll prosecutions until November: minister