Court rules against Sanral on Western Cape tolls

The Cape Town high court ruled in the City of Cape Town’s favour on Wednesday when judgment was delivered in the City’s battle against Sanral’s decision to toll highways in the province.

During the court proceedings, the City told the court that the minister of transport at the time, Jeff Radebe, made the decision to toll the roads on the basis that the state would not carry any costs.

If passed, the toll fees could be set at 74c a km, which amounted to three times that paid by Gauteng toll road users.

This is a move the City has said was unlawful.

It was understood that the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) made known its plans to toll the N1 and N2 Cape Winelands highways in 2008.

The company questioned why the City had delayed in bringing the matter to court and raised the Promotion of the Administrative Justice Act.

According to the Act, review proceedings “must be brought without unreasonable delay and in any event not later than 180 days”.

The City’s lawyers said although they had delayed in raising the matter, they called for the court to weigh this against an “unlawfully built” toll project “that will affect all the people of the City over a period of 30 years”. – News24.com

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