The E-Toll scanners on the N12 near Southgate Mall. Picture: Timothy Bernard 16.01.2012 (pic 002)

Johannesburg - The implementation of e-tolling on Gauteng's highways was premature, the National Council of Trade Unions (Nactu) said on Wednesday.

“There should have been a comprehensive assessment of public transport options in South Africa,” Nactu project manager Thulani Khumalo said.

“The system of user pay does not present any rational choice to road users... It is further burdening the road user.”

Nactu believed alternative financing for Gauteng's freeways could be sourced from the fuel levy and vehicle licensing fees.

Khumalo was speaking during Nactu's presentation to the advisory panel on e-tolls' hearings in Midrand.

The panel would focus on the socio-economic impact of e-tolls and explore the implications and perceptions of financing the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

The panel was established by Gauteng premier David Makhura on July 17. It was expected to report to him at the end of November by providing analysis and recommendations based on substantial evidence.