Give feedback on public e-toll hearings: OUTA

The Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) on Monday called for feedback on the last public hearings on e-tolls.

“Outa calls on Sanral and department of transport to provide feedback from the last round of public engagement sessions held in November 2012 and calls on the authorities to host another round of public discussions to review the latest array of regulations,” said Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage.

On Sunday, the department and the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) said the implementation of e-tolls was imminent.

“There are a few steps left in this process, but the implementation of the e-toll system is well on its way,” Sanral head Nazir Alli said in a statement.

Draft regulations and notices were published in the Government Gazette on Friday, detailing how the tolls would work.

This was preceded by the National Council of Provinces’ approval on Wednesday of an amendment bill necessary to introduce e-tolling.

Only two more legal steps had to be completed: the public had 30 days to comment on the draft documents gazetted, and President Jacob Zuma had to sign the amendment bill into law.

“We have followed all due process and have all the necessary infrastructure in place to commence,” said Alli.

Outa said government had not engaged the public adequately.

“We are not surprised and have come to expect this lack of open communication and transparency from Sanral, a state-owned enterprise that has ignored the input, insights, and will of the people for too long,” Duvenage said.

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