SANRAL’S proposal to toll sections of the N1 and N2 in the Western Cape was “entirely irrational”. That’s how the City of Cape Town described the process used to implement the toll roads project.
It approached the Western Cape High Court yesterday to have the South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (Sanral’s) proposal scrapped.
Arguing for the city, Geoff Budlender SC, told the court that decision-makers had to consider if tolling was appropriate and viable.
In order to do this, they would need to know “the costs and the impact” of tolling. But, he said, “evidence showed that none of the decision-makers considered these questions”.
In a lengthy argument of 7 465 pages, the city detailed why it believed the decision to proceed with tolling was “procedurally flawed”.