National 22.9.2016 10:12 am

Sanral loses appeal to toll Cape highways

FILE PICTURE: E-toll objectors gather, 25 January 2014, at the Portuguese Hall in Joburg South, before taking part in a mass protest drive along the tolled highways. Picture: Michel Bega

FILE PICTURE: E-toll objectors gather, 25 January 2014, at the Portuguese Hall in Joburg South, before taking part in a mass protest drive along the tolled highways. Picture: Michel Bega

The SCA in Bloemfontein has dismissed the roads agency’s appeal with costs.

The prospects of the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) of tolling a major road in the Western Cape have been dealt a major blow after the Supreme Court of Appeal ruled against it.

The court dismissed its application for leave to appeal against the refusal to admit further affidavits in a case involving its right to toll the Winelands route’s N1 and N2 highways.

It was appealing the fact that the City of Cape town won a high court judgment against tolling. The Western Cape High Court set aside approvals nearly a year ago that would have let Sanral toll these highways. The roads agency claimed that its planned upgrades for the roads would have left it R2 billion short of the R10 billion it needed.

News24 is reporting that the Western Cape is the only province with permission from National Treasury to implement a fuel levy to pay for roads, but this has not yet been implemented.

 

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