E-tolls in Gauteng to go live at midnight


The electronic tolling system on Gauteng's highways is expected to go live at midnight on Monday.

Gauteng motorist will be charged for driving on highways across the province from midnight on Monday. (Gallo)

After several years of delays due to court challenges and a massive public outcry, e-tolls will go live at midnight on Monday.

Below is the timeline of events leading up to the day Gauteng motorists will start paying.

October 8 2007 – Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) is officially launched.

October 12 2007 – Intention to toll sections of Gauteng's freeways published in Government Gazette.

Public asked to comment.

November 14 2007 – Closing date for public comment on the proposed introduction of e-tolls.

March 28 2008 – Sections of Gauteng freeways declared toll roads in Government Gazette.

June 26 2008 – Construction of the first phase of the GFIP commences.

June 2010 – The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) starts erecting toll gantries along Gauteng's freeways.

February 4 2011 – Sanral announces e-toll tariffs and that registration commences in the second quarter of 2011.

February 18 2011 – Cosatu announces it will call for strike action over the introduction of e-tolls.

February 22 2011 – The then transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele suspends implementation of e-tolls and establishes a committee to address concerns about the tariffs.

March 2011 – Public consultation process on e-tolls takes place.

June 2011 – GFIP steering committee announces reduced e-toll tariffs following the public consultation process.

August 10 2011 – Cabinet approves the revised tariffs for e-tolls.

October 23 2011 – Ndebele orders that e-tolls be halted and that further consultation take place.

November 2011 – Public hearings held on e-tolls.

February 22 2012 – In his budget speech, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan announces that e-tolls will go ahead at reduced rate in April of that year.

March 2012 – Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) applies for an urgent interdict in the high court in Pretoria against the implementation of e-tolls.

April 29 2012 – The court grants Outa an interim interdict pending a full judicial review.

March 22 2012 – Treasury files an appeal against the interim interdict in the Constitutional Court.

August 15 2012 – The case is heard in the Constitutional Court.

September 20 2012 – Constitutional Court sets aside the temporary interdict.

December 13 2012 – After the full judicial review, the high court in Pretoria rules against Outa in its application to have the implementation of e-tolls set aside.

January 25 2013 – The high court in Pretoria grants Outa leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal against the December ruling.

September 25 2013 – Outa appeal is heard in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

October 9 2013 – Outa loses its appeal in the Supreme Court of Appeal.

November 20 2013 – Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announces e-tolls will go live on December 3.

November 26 2013 – Sanral warns that a hefty bill awaits non-registered motorists without e-toll accounts who fail to pay for e-tolls within a week. Meanwhile, the Freedom Front Plus announces a last-minute attempt to stop the implementation of e-tolls through an application for an interdict in the high court in Pretoria.

December 2 2013 – FF Plus application is heard in court.


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