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E-tag testing to start in Gauteng

2012-04-03 21:36

Johannesburg - Live testing of Gauteng electronic toll transactions for road users with e-tag accounts would start this week, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Tuesday.

"Road users who have registered for Gauteng e-tolling and fitted an e-tag to their vehicles are advised that their e-tags will start beeping as they pass underneath toll gantries on the Gauteng e-road network," it said in a statement.

Starting on Thursday the test would be run in phases, which meant not all toll gantries would be switched on simultaneously.

"During this test phase, no funds will be deducted from road users' accounts."

Sanral said the e-tags would emit a single beep, an indication that transactions for that particular user would have been successfully processed.

If more than one beep, or no beep at all was heard when passing beneath a gantry, motorists should contact the e-toll call centre on 0800 726 725, or visit an e-toll customer service outlet.

This could mean a problem with their e-toll account, or the fitting of the e-tag.

Non-disruptive

The same beeping would occur when registered Gauteng e-road users drove on the Bakwena toll road north of Pretoria.

"The beeping on the Bakwena toll road is also part of this test phase, meaning the road users' accounts are not yet active and no funds will be deducted."

When tolling started on April 30, e-tags would emit three types of beeps - one if the transaction was successful, two if the funds in the e-toll account were low, and four or none at all when a transaction failed.

Sanral said in these cases the road user needed to contact the e-toll call centre or visit an e-toll customer service centre.

"Road users are reminded that the e-tag is optional and also entitles them to various discounts on their toll tariffs, including the 48% e-tag discount."

Frequent user discounts and the R550 monthly toll fee cap would also be available to motorcycles and light motor vehicles fitted with an e-tag.

"In addition to all the efforts that have been made to lessen the impact of the toll tariffs on road users, Sanral will ensure that the testing phase is non-disruptive to road users."

Comments
  • Itu Santino Cortez - 2012-04-03 21:56

    So instead on focusing on the road we must now focus on the beeps ?

      Piet - 2012-04-04 00:30

      why is my etag not beeping? Oh yes i do not Have one and never will!!!!

      Fredster - 2012-04-04 07:04

      If something is beeing investigated, should it not be suspended...without a beep?

      Pappa - 2012-04-04 11:55

      HELL NO, in this country it is suspended with FULL BENEFITS!!!!

      Enhle - 2012-04-04 15:52

      Guess it will NOT beep at all coz I am not getting one

      Nina - 2012-04-05 13:54

      By the way, are there anti-etag/toll stickers avaiable anywhere? I would like to plaster my car with them.

  • Matthew Patrick - 2012-04-03 21:59

    They should've made it have a bleating noise instead.

      grenville.felton - 2012-04-03 22:31

      More like a gravy sound for all the gov officials and family members involved in e tolling, why do you think the GOV so against the canning of the etoll

      spookhuis - 2012-04-04 07:04

      A snorting pig sound is more like it.

  • gillian.sabino1 - 2012-04-03 22:02

    The Highways belong to the People. We Built It with Incone Tax. We Maintained It with Petrol Tax. We maintained It with Vat Tax. It is not our fault that the government took the petrol tax and spent it elsewhere. Go fetch it back. Let those users pay! Down Tolls Down! Out Tolls Out!

      kooveng - 2012-04-04 10:13

      Starting on Thursday the test would be run in phases, which meant not all toll gantries would be switched on simultaneously. "During this test phase, no funds will be deducted from road users' accounts." Sanral said the e-tags would emit a single beep, an indication that transactions for that particular user would have been successfully processed. If more than one beep, or no beep at all was heard when passing beneath a gantry, motorists should contact the e-toll call centre on 0800 726 725, or visit an e-toll customer service outlet.. How will motorist know which gantries are on so they know if their e-tags are working??? This whole thing is damn joke, just like our government..

  • TrueTenacity - 2012-04-03 22:05

    Earlier today they said it's compulsory to have an e-tag otherwise they will confiscate your license, now it's optional... what will it be tomorrow?

  • Mahomed Ismail - 2012-04-03 22:10

    Highway Robbers

      Sean - 2012-04-04 13:37

      Your are correct. The ANC has stolen our highways. I wonder how much they got in their own pockets when they sold them to the tolling company

  • george.pito - 2012-04-03 22:23

    I heard a company Techso were behind this business case

  • Muhammed - 2012-04-03 22:25

    For the sake of the working class citizen I hope that this E-tag-scandal testing phase fails dismally.

  • dino1234 - 2012-04-03 22:28

    Big Brother IS watching you....

      Adam - 2012-04-03 23:25

      Dino ,I agree, a whole lot of your personal information is flying around every time you go under a poll. Very dangerous.

  • aiazmir - 2012-04-03 22:30

    WTF. They are being taken to the Constitutional Court, and they have the audacity to ignore the Highest Court in our country. You can see where this is going. A full on confrontation for our constitutional rights.

  • Nicholas - 2012-04-03 22:40

    The intimidation continues. I am sure that these tests are going to reveal as to how few cars actually have e-tags!

  • boramk - 2012-04-03 22:49

    Let them try fine every Gauteng driver.. Don't get the E-tags people!

      Michael - 2012-04-04 08:35

      What worries me is that theire are going to be many persons driving around with false number plates - what then? Who pays the toll fees when I am actually on holiday in Durbs and my accounts is being violated by thieves driving around with my number plates. Either false or stolen off my car?!! For crying out aloud already!

      Michael - 2012-04-04 08:51

      Hi - please excuse all the literals above - I did not proof-read my post - it was written in anger!

  • Cassandra Olivier - 2012-04-03 22:52

    I hope the test fails we paid off the road with our taxes

  • barry.mobey - 2012-04-03 23:09

    "Frequent user discounts and the R550 monthly toll fee cap would also be available to motorcycles and light motor vehicles fitted with an e-tag." So, If you do not register then the cap does not apply to you? They are determined to milk the populace! Our difficulties and our dangers will not be removed by closing our eyes to them. I will not have my hard earned money stolen by this regime and will not register! A nation that tries to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle... It cannot succeed! The only difference between this government and the mafia is that the mafia can be trusted. The ANC… A revolutionary organization whose members fought for freedom, won it… and then began passing laws to get rid of it.

      Adam - 2012-04-03 23:22

      I love the man in a bucket analogy.

      michelle.kirsten - 2012-04-04 01:37

      Bucket analogy = brilliant.

      Zahir - 2012-04-04 07:43

      Etolls grand theft auto

  • Adam - 2012-04-03 23:13

    There are many hacks for etags that would divulge your account details. There are also hacks to use other peoples tags, but what about getting into the big one.. shouldnt be too hard, and adding a factor of .001 or 100 that would transfer ALL the motorists funds into sanrals account or the hackers . The government clearly does not care about its citizens. This is dangerous and everybody loves a challenge. If one can read your sms or mail,this is a piece of cake.

  • Gregory - 2012-04-03 23:41

    Take e tags and shove the up ur ass .

  • Gregory - 2012-04-03 23:59

    Just smear some grease on the plate,and if the donut eating jerk as something to say then tell him It's dirty what do want from me!

  • Carry - 2012-04-04 06:13

    NO TAG - NO BEEP - NO WORRY.

  • Ricky Naidoo - 2012-04-04 06:34

    Your'll ain't getting a cent off me. That's R550 a month of my bread and milk money you thieves.

      Fredster - 2012-04-04 07:03

      Tune them Ricky

  • Timësto Van Dyk - 2012-04-04 07:00

    Damn these guys wanna make us poor...to hell with their e-tags..we already paying tax and high priced fuel for that.

  • Dave - 2012-04-04 07:31

    Great aint it, they dont even know if the damn useless system works.....with 3 weeks to go before wholsale pluder of you account.. Anyone who buys an etag is an idiot and a traitor

      Dave - 2012-04-04 07:35

      sorry, plunder...

  • skootzie - 2012-04-04 07:39

    How can they test if their system works if only 1 in 50,000 people have a tag? Disclaimer: Made up statistic. xD

      Johnathon - 2012-04-04 11:17

      Skootzie, you are way out. They initially bullied and scared 200 000 morons to buy e-tags. Since then the public has wised up, and not a single extra e-tag sold. Anyone moronic enough to buy an e-tag, will have to tell the rest of us just how high/low pitched this beep will be. Maybe it will sound like red breasted robin giving birth, or maybe like donkey falling off a cliff. Pity that 99.9% of Gauteng motorists will never ever know. Government already run out of cash to pay salaries to its bloated civil service, which now accounts for 50% of tax revenue collected. World norm is Government should not have civil salary costs of more than 25% max of tax revenue. Zuma came up with brilliant idea of solving the unemployment issue during the severe years of recession, by hiring more useless civil servants, instead of retrenching huge numbers to compensate for drop in Government revenue. As most of taxes goes to supporting the bloated Civil Service, very little is left to develop the country and provide the uneducated with necessary work skills. Please all readers, with the Government in such s**t, let us all shed a few tears before we go to bed. Please do not be mean, and shed tears of joy, as this would be devious. Municipal Traffic Fines Division recently sent motorists R750 000 fine rather than R750. If no E-TAG, SANRAL's similar finger trouble can just be binned. With E-TAG at least 3yrs pain and suffering to sort out f***up. NO E-TAGS.

      skootzie - 2012-04-04 14:21

      Thanks? I was speaking in hyperbole though, :P

  • Leon - 2012-04-04 07:49

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      Nina - 2012-04-04 11:17

      ENOUGH SAID!

      Melinda - 2012-04-04 13:06

      Love it lolol

      Sean - 2012-04-04 13:42

      Dude, you just made my day.

  • Sazi - 2012-04-04 07:55

    For heaven's sake, don't they just get enough? Petrol pumps are registering over R12.00 a litre, electricity went up sky high, everything is bound to go up and yet the greedy corrupt government is still milking and milking like a hungry monster! I swear let any politician knock at my door at the next elections, campaigning for votes, I will set my dogs at him.

      spookhuis - 2012-04-04 08:14

      A politician going from door to door? Are you mad, that would mean he has to work.........

      Sazi - 2012-04-04 08:28

      @Spookhius of course you won't see them when they are sitting up there in power, however during voting seasons they act as if they are the bestest of friends ever, busy going house to house, kissing babies and yes lying to us! Now since they are on the gravy train they are now turning against us as if we owe them for eternity.

      Sean - 2012-04-04 13:47

      Sazi. The ANC do not care. Most of their voters are on the recieving side. Most of our taxes go towards giving them stuff for free. All they have to do is vote ANC while all we have to do is pay and pay and pay and......

  • Nicole - 2012-04-04 07:55

    If we all left our cars at home and cycled everywhere - what can the gov. do? :-) It could be highly entertaining...

  • Sibusiso Shane Mavimbela - 2012-04-04 08:01

    I'm going spray paint the flipping etolls.

      Philip - 2012-04-04 14:07

      Late night paintball : highway edition ... marbles R us

  • Michael - 2012-04-04 08:23

    I will not register - finish and klaar! Has anybody considered how many false number plates are going to be fitted? I will not register and they will have to prove to me that I a actually passed under that boom when/where/what. To hell wuith these jerks - I will NOT register.

  • Warwick - 2012-04-04 08:37

    To get tagged is to condone this corruption. It's your moral duty to resist these e-tags and the vermin who endorse it. These are our roads sanral, not for you & the anc to profit from. We will not comply, you will fail and then we will jail you corrupters in good time - Bubba is waiting for you corruptors.

  • Thapelo - 2012-04-04 09:00

    Honestly,i am so gatvol with this non-consistent stories from SANRAL....One morning you get told,without E-tags,you cant renew your vehicle disk,few days later....you are being threatended the enforcement agencies will be grnated the power to request your E-tag together with your driverslicense,of which witthout it shall be considered an offense.....this morning we are told....the E-tag is actually not compulsory....can we please get on message from one respective representative,whats happening here.....we dont want a situation where our vehicle disks are witheld by the traffic department because we dont have this useless,money making tags with high bills....

      Irene - 2012-04-04 10:18

      Thapelo ~ Easy solution. Just ignore it all. If we all ignore these thieves and don't buy e-tags there is absolutely nothing they can do. Even with the bully tactics and withholding car licences, it'll be tough luck for them all over again because we'll be driving unlicensed vehicles and again, there's nothing they can do. We've already paid for the extra lane on the highways!

  • Steve - 2012-04-04 09:16

    And tell me, how the hell am I supposed to hear the beeping while on my bike? Oh, yes... Double sided tape to my helmet!

      fraser.gilchrist - 2012-04-04 09:37

      You have to pay an extra tax for that double sided tape, as you are only allowed to use SANRAL approved tape. Rather stick (haha) to prestik.

      Johnathon - 2012-04-04 17:07

      If you do not hear the beep, SANRAL has requested that you do an immediate U Turn on the busy highway, and go back and forth under the Gantries, until the magic BIB is heard. This your duty as a loyal SANRAL e-tag supporter. By the way, I love their radio jingle "Right now you have an e-tag, what to do next" I have never got beyond this point, as I angrily switch radio stations. My only suggestion though, is that once you have this highly sort after e-tag, either microwave it, cut it into 16 pieces with tin snips, or maybe throw it into a bottle of concentrated pool acid. As the TV License add goes "It is the right thing to do".

  • Kingo - 2012-04-04 09:34

    i find it rediculous that ppl have to pay so much money for e-tags and the company providing them is from austria, wtf even in austria the dont have such horse crap

  • ronzaled - 2012-04-04 10:05

    SANRAL, get this through your thick skulls, I AIN'T PAYING FOR NO E-TAG NOR E-TOLL

  • Nina - 2012-04-04 10:07

    I will NOT (not now, not next month, not next year, not ever) get an e-tag. The petrol is already going up almost every 2nd month, toll fees have gone up and now this? WTF are we supposed to do at this rate, sell our cars? What about the ripple effects, EVERYTHING is getting more expensive. I work very hard for MY money and I do not lead an extravagant lifestyle but still have to stretch every last cent I have because of selfish people who do not think beyond themselves. I will NEVER get an e-tag, nor will I EVER vote for the ANC. Thank you for destroying what upstanding leaders like Mr Mandela spend their lives establishing because of your selfishness. *so pissed off!!!!*

  • TheMonk - 2012-04-04 10:18

    Sorry SANRAL. You guys can go straight to he!!. Do not pass any gantries. Do not collect any toll fees.

  • Irene - 2012-04-04 10:19

    SANRAL, Nazir Ali, Roelof Botha and the ANC government in particular, can all go and swivel on the nearest spike they can find. I WILL NOT PAY! Finished and klaar! Come and lock me up if you want to, I'm ready but I WILL NOT PAY!

  • Zing - 2012-04-04 11:43

    SANRAL - You can take your *beep* e-tag and shove it up your *beep*. I'm not funding your *beep* greed and *beep* corruption. This is the only *beep*ing beep you'll get from me you *beep*

  • Pappa - 2012-04-04 12:10

    CONGRATULATIONS SOUTH AFRICA - for the first time in history we have black and white standing together... CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY!!!! PAY YOUR TAXES - YOU KNOW YOU GONNA HAVE TO ONE WAY OR ANOTHER....

  • Justin - 2012-04-04 12:20

    I will never buy an e-tag, I will never pay my toll fees on the Gauteng highways. They are going to need to steal money from somewhere else, I am not giving another cent to these highway robbers. Viva cANCer Viva!!!

  • Justin - 2012-04-04 12:21

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  • DJPotifar - 2012-04-04 12:41

    I will be boycotting this crap...

  • ahenriquesfernandes - 2012-04-04 12:54

    "During this test phase, no funds will be deducted from road users' accounts." I will put money on there being some glitch where money is deducted from the poor saps that have already bought a tag

      Michael - 2012-04-04 13:14

      Money is already being deducted from those morons who paid R50 to register - it is called "admin fees". I will NOT register - go to hell all who thieving whimps!

  • Melinda - 2012-04-04 13:00

    F you and your beeps !!!

  • Hugh - 2012-04-04 13:32

    Hay Alli and Co, suck on this! ......................../´¯/) ......................,/¯..// ...................../..../ / ............./´¯/'...'/´¯¯`•¸ ........../'/.../..../......./¨¯\ ........('(...´(..´......,~/'...') .........\.................\/..../ ...........''...\.......... _.•´ .............\..............( ..............\.............\

  • Carla - 2012-04-04 13:44

    All I can do is laugh at this. There is no way I'm getting an e-tag!!! Bunch of thieves!!!!!

  • James - 2012-04-04 15:15

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