Sanral still perusing ruling on e-tolls

By SAPA Time of article published May 3, 2012

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THE SA NATIONAL Roads Agency Limited is still studying a ruling by the Pretoria High Court which brought the Gauteng e-tolling project to a halt, Sanral said

yesterday.

“Sanral, together with the Department of Transport, has noted the judgment handed down by the North Gauteng High Court,” spokesman Felix Sebata said.

“We respect the judgment and will study the ruling and consider the next steps in consultation with our principals.”

On Saturday, Judge Bill Prinsloo granted an urgent interdict, brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance, to stop the e-tolling system so that a full court review could be carried out to determine if it should be scrapped.

“I make the following order… the first respondent, Sanral, is interdicted and restrained from levying and collecting tolls,” he said.

Judge Prinsloo said while he realised Sanral would suffer huge financial losses, the public would also suffer hardship if the controversial project went ahead.

E-tolling was to have started on Monday on 185km of highway in Joburg and Tshwane.

Sebata said Sanral was an agency of the transport department and, as such, its mandate was to implement policy. Therefore, Sanral took its lead from the department.

“The agency is not able to comment any further at this point. We, therefore, ask that you contact the Department of Transport if you have any further questions.”

The department was unavailable for comment yesterday morning. However, on Saturday it said it would study the ruling. – Sapa

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