OUTA successful in right of appeal against SA e-tolling ruling

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) has been granted permission by the South African North Gauteng High Court to continue its battle to stop the e-tolling of freeways.

HumanIPO reported in December OUTA had confidence in their reasons for appealing the High Court’s decision that dismissed their application to halt the controversial e-tolling.

After the leave to appeal order was made just after midday today (January 25), OUTA may now take its fight against e-tolling to the Supreme Court in Bloemfontein.

According to Times Live, Judge Louis Vorster said: “The order I make after some consideration is the following: leave is granted to the applicants to appeal to the Supreme Court of Appeal against my previous judgement handed down on the 13th of December last year.”

Judge Vorster previously ruled in favour of the South African Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), but OUTA’s Mike Maritz was of the opinion Judge Vorster did not weigh up what genuine procedural fairness was.

The proposed e-tolling system charges motorists with e-tags a maximum of R550 (US$61.06) per month or R0.30 (US$0.03) per kilometer.

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