Transport Minister Dipuo Peters
No decision has been taken to introduce theÂ e-tollingÂ systemÂ in KwaZulu-Natal, theÂ transportÂ ministry said on Friday.
“Any decision to introduce any form of tolling in any part of the country will be taken in consultation with authorities,” saidÂ TransportÂ MinisterÂ Dipuo PetersÂ in a statement.
The decision could only be taken after consultation with affected parties.
“I therefore wish to clarify reports that a decision has been taken to introduce electronic tolling in some parts of KwaZulu-NatalÂ as untrue.”
She said although the country needed to resolve the currentÂ roadÂ infrastructureÂ backlog, it was important to consult thoroughly with potentially affected parties.
“We are currently focused on resolving some of the challenges emanating from the introduction of electronic tolling in some parts of theÂ GautengÂ province.”
On Wednesday, theÂ SA National Roads Agency LimitedÂ (Sanral) revealed that the province was set to haveÂ e-tollingÂ on the N2 and the N3 by November.
Unlike inÂ GautengÂ it would not be an additional toll but simply an alternative means of collecting existing tolls, Sanral KwaZulu-NatalÂ and the Free State regional managerLogashri SewnarainÂ said at the time.
TheÂ e-tollingÂ systemÂ would be implemented at the existingÂ Mariannhill Toll PlazaÂ on the N3 and on the N2 at theÂ Oribi Toll PlazaÂ nearÂ PortÂ Shepstone.