E-tolls: Nonregistered motorists will pay penalties

2013-11-26 14:56

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A hefty bill awaits nonregistered motorists without e-toll accounts who fail to pay for e-tolling within a week.

Such an individual would end up paying nearly six times more in toll fees, according to the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) website.

The agency says tariffs differ depending on whether motorists have both an e-toll account and an e-tag, or having an e-tag without an e-toll account.

Those without both would end up paying much more.

Motorists with e-toll accounts are registered, and those without are nonregistered.

For example, if a driver with a VW Volkswagen (Class A2) does not have an e-toll account and an e-tag and his or her daily trip consists of passing the Barbet e-toll gantry on the N1 between Watermeyer and Lynnwood Road, he or she will have to pay R3.48, according to the website.

“However, if he does not pay within seven days of passing the Barbet e-toll gantry, [they] will be classified as alternative users and would need to pay R10.44,” according to Sanral.

A registered e-tag user with the same vehicle, driving the same stretch of road will pay R1.80 if paid within a week of passing the gantry, his or her e-toll account is up to date, and he or she qualifies for the “time of day” and “frequent user” discount.

A registered VLN user driving the same vehicle on the same stretch of road will pay R3.48 because he or she does not have an e-tag.

“Because he [or she] is registered, is paying within seven days of passing the Barbet e-toll gantry, and his e-toll account is up-to-date, he [or she] qualifies for the time of day discount,” said Sanral on the website.

A nonregistered e-tag user will pay R3.48 with the same vehicle on the same stretch of road.

The agency said should a road user not have an e-toll account, or a day pass, the motorist can pay within a seven-day grace period from the time he or she passed the gantry.

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