The Automobile Association vowed on Thursday to fight the introduction of e-tolling in Gauteng after a Constitutional Court ruling that lifted a hold on its introduction.
“We remain committed to fight e-tolling in Gauteng and we continue to urge our members to not register for e-tags, as we still believe in an equitable solution,” said Gary Ronald, head of public affairs at the AA, following Thursday’s judgment.
“This ruling shows little consideration for the serious impact that tolling will have on the already financially-stretched consumer and the added cost to business in the province,” he said.
The court ruled earlier in the day that an interim order granted by the High Court in Pretoria on April 28, which put a hold on the project, be set aside.
It concluded that the high court had not considered the separation of powers between high court and executive.
The government has said it would study the judgment and make an announcement on the way forward soon.
Earlier, the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) was adamant that there would be no tolling on Gauteng’s freeways.
“We are going to resist it with every power we have,” Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi told reporters on the sidelines of Cosatu’s 11th national congress in Midrand.