'Critics exaggerating e-toll fees'

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Johannesburg - Expected monthly e-toll tariffs have been exaggerated by critics, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Tuesday.

“Expected monthly tariffs payable by light motor vehicles show that about 83 percent will pay not more than R100 a month, and 0.59 percent in the same class will reach the maximum of R450,” she told reporters at Sanral’s operations centre in Midrand.

E-tolling went into operation on many of Gauteng's highways at midnight on Monday.

Peters said the decision to proceed with the electronic tolling system (e-tolls) on Gauteng's highways had been made after due consideration.

“Sanral did not just wake up one morning and decided that it was going to toll certain sections of Gauteng highway,” she said.

Cabinet had also not just approved the project without applying its mind and taking into account the country's transport policy.

“We are very disappointed that some of our citizens and leaders, including those who have in the past styled themselves as champions of the rule of the law, will not this time around accept the rule of the law,” said Peters. -Sapa

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