One with the machine. The new BMW M4 Coupé.

The strength of the BMW M4 Coupé is evident in every detail.

Date set for Outa's next e-toll fight

Comment on this story


IOL mot jan22 e-toll gantry

Independent Newspapers

File photo: Ihsaan Haffejee

It may look bleak for Gauteng motorists at the moment, but the e-tolling fight is not completely over yet.

On Friday the High Court in Pretoria will hear an application to appeal against e-tolling, opposition alliance Outa announced.

"Outa remains committed to this case, which largely seeks to protect citizen's constitutional rights, along with challenging the onerous, expensive, inefficient and cumbersome matters related to the decision to toll Gauteng's freeways," it on Tuesday.

The appeal follows a judgment on December 13 by the High Court in Pretoria, which dismissed Outa's application to have the electronic tolling of Gauteng's major roads scrapped.

The court ordered Outa to pay the legal costs of the application. Outa said it also intended appealing this order.

SUPPORT NEEDED

Outa was raising funds for the appeal, and called on business and the public to lend their support.

"We are heartened by the fact that society has helped us raise R8-million to date, however we are still R2.5-million short to cover current costs and still require an estimated R1.5-million for the appeal process."

Previously, Outa chairman Musa Strachan said the organisation believed it had strong grounds for appeal.

The constitutional interpretation of Section 27 of the Sanral Act required that the roads agency should have given adequate notice to the public of the proposed project.

"Public participation requires that sufficient information about the project must be provided... such that those impacted are empowered with knowledge and time to have the ability, if so required, to exert a possible effect on the outcome of the decision," he said.

WHERE'S THE FAIRNESS?

Strachan said in the e-tolling case, public participation was not possible "yet the court ruled that public engagement was sufficient and adequate".

In this regard, Outa maintains that procedural and objective fairness had not been applied, making e-tolls introduction unlawful, he said. -Sapa


sign up
 
 

Comment Guidelines



  1. Please read our comment guidelines.
  2. Login and register, if you haven’ t already.
  3. Write your comment in the block below and click (Post As)
  4. Has a comment offended you? Hover your mouse over the comment and wait until a small triangle appears on the right-hand side. Click triangle () and select "Flag as inappropriate". Our moderators will take action if need be.

     

Join us on

IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks IOL-Social networks

Business Directory