South Africa: Sanral respects e-toll judgment
3 May 2012
Creamer Media's Engineering News - 3 May 2012
The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is still studying a ruling by the High Court in Pretoria which brought the Gauteng e-tolling project to a halt, it said on Wednesday.
"Sanral, together with the department of transport, has noted the judgment handed down by the North Gauteng [High] Court," Sanral said in a statement.
"We respect the judgment and will study the ruling and consider the next steps in consultation with our principals."
On Saturday, Judge Bill Prinsloo granted an urgent interdict, brought by the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), to stop the e-tolling system so that a full court review could be carried out to determine whether it should be scrapped.
"I make the following order... the first respondent [Sanral] is interdicted and restrained from levying and collecting tolls," he said.
Prinsloo said while he realised Sanral would suffer huge financial losses, the public would also suffer hardship if the controversial project went ahead.
E-tolling was to have started on Monday on 185km of highway in Johannesburg and Tshwane.