Roads agency Sanral has reissued the tender it cancelled in March for the continued management of e-tolls, despite the continuing uncertainty that exists over the future of e-tolls.
The designation of the toll operations of Sanral as an essential service during the coronavirus lockdown is being questioned by both the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse and the Automobile Association.
Web cameras on Friday morning displayed images of deserted highways across Gauteng as the first day of a three-week, government-ordered lockdown began to fight the spread of Covid-19.
Roads agency Sanral has cancelled the tender it issued in August last year for the continued management of e-tolls and claims it has not been informed of any decision by the government on the future of the system.
It’s high noon for the future of e-tolls. A final decision on the controversial Gauteng tolling scheme is expected to be made in Wednesday’s budget speech.
Despite an imminent government decision on the future of e-tolls, the department of transport has published revised tariffs for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project that will be effective from 1 March.
Sanral is evaluating tenders it received for the continued management of e-tolls after its existing contract expires next month, suggesting the government plans to continue with the controversial system.
Finance minister Tito Mboweni has reiterated that government has decided to retain the user-pay principle and e-tolls on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.