Toll shock for motorists

2010-02-20 00:00

IN addition to the 25,5 cents extra per litre motorists must pay in fuel and accident levies, toll tariffs nationwide will increase in less than two weeks.

From March 1, South African Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) will raise toll tariffs on all national routes, in accordance with the past year’s Consumer Price Index.

Motorists travelling through Durban will part with more cash at a new toll plaza at the King Shaka International Airport. The plaza is expected to be operational from April this year.

A trip from Durban to Johannesburg will now cost R159,50 one way — a R9,50 increase on 2009’s tariffs. In 2007, a trip from Durban to Johannesburg would have cost R123 in toll tariffs; R36,50 less than motorists travelling the same route will pay come March.

A trip along the KwaZulu-Natal coast from Port Shepstone to Richards Bay will cost R62,50 in toll tariffs.

The same South-to-North-Coast trip in 2007 would have cost R49.

The most expensive toll plaza along the route is the Mtunzuni Plaza in Richards Bay, which will now cost R29.

South Africa’s most costly toll plaza remains Swartruggens along the N4, which will charge motorists R65 to pass through — R4 more than last year’s rate.

SANRAL’s chief executive offi­cer, Nazir Alli, said the price hikes are necessary in “the furthering of government’s goals to improve the quality of life of all our citizens”.

According to Alli, these increases give government the finances to add new highways and additional roads to the current infrastructure — funds that would otherwise be unavailable.

In addition to new highways, lanes and roads, the money will be used to maintain the existing roads “that support South Africa’s economy” and the “social upliftment of its people”.

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