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Tolls: Unregistered motorists pay more

2012-04-16 07:15

Johannesburg - Motorists who do not register for e-tags will pay a higher punitive rate for using Gauteng's new toll roads, Sanral said on Monday.

"Users who do not register, or who do not have valid and operational e-tags and who do not pay within seven days will ultimately pay a significantly higher tariff," the SA National Roads Agency said in a statement.

The agency cited costs associated with recovering payment, including invoicing and debt collection, as reasons for the R1.75 punitive tariff per kilometre, compared to the standard tariff of 30c per kilometre for registered users.

Criticism

Sanral's statement follows criticism from the Democratic Alliance on Sunday that the new rate was introduced without engaging the public.

"The DA is alarmed at the underhanded manner in which the national Minister of Transport, S'bu Ndebele, and Sanral has introduced a new punitive tariff for non-registered users," said the party's Gauteng transport spokesperson Neil Campbell.

"The absolute arrogance and lack of transparent processes shown by Sanral to the public throughout the whole toll introduction is abhorrent."

Sanral Gazetted the tariffs on Friday, whereby it described an "alternate user" as someone "who does not have a valid and operational e-tag, is not registered with Sanral, and who is not a day-pass user".

"Sanral's view is that paying users should not pay higher costs to cover those who choose not to pay," it said.

"As per Sanral's governing legislation, it has long been an offence not to pay toll fees and the status quo is retained.

"By continually encouraging users not to register, it is actually the DA that is going to end up costing road users significantly more than they could otherwise have been paying. Sanral highlighted that the "alternate user" was entitled to pay the standard tariff, if he or she pays within the seven days grace period. It said this period lapses seven days after the due date.

Additional costs

Quoting from a statement it issued last year, the agency said it had indicated that non-payment of tolls would result in additional costs.

It urged road users "to do what is necessary" for them to pay the least amount possible in e-toll fees.

"Road users should not rely on the fear-mongering and false promises of organisations with their own peculiar vested interests who claim that they will be able to stop e-tolling forever," it said.

Meanwhile, Campbell called on National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala to investigate this "outrageous" new penalty tariff.

A recent march by the Congress of SA Trade Unions highlighted opposition to the tolls, with many motorists threatening not to pay.

The Justice Project SA on Sunday lambasted Sanral and Ndebele for "intimidating" motorists to buy e-tags.

"Just when we thought [they] could not get any more devious, they have surprised us all ...Now, more than ever is the time for Gauteng motorists to stand firm and refuse to be intimidated by the bullies," it said.

The organisation hoped the courts could bring an end to this "looming disaster".

According to Sanral, 300 000 road users had bought e-tags at the begging of this month, The toll system officially kicks in at midnight on April 30.

Comments
  • Fredster - 2012-04-16 07:20

    The word "Blackmail" comes to mind...

      Jaja - 2012-04-16 07:24

      First you must find me if you expect me to pay!! Thank god for living in the townships, goodluck!

      Thando - 2012-04-16 07:26

      There is Option 3 : Pay Nothing. An option I will be choosing. Now lets talk about the big bribe that the Austrians paid Ali. There are plenty rumours here. Where there's smoke there's fire.

      Fredster - 2012-04-16 07:34

      You can kiss my Tollgate!!!

      JaredVN - 2012-04-16 07:35

      Panic is another word that springs to mind. Sanral is cr..pping itself because it knows that the entire system will collapse if it cannot intimidate motorists into buying tags. Stand together, people. DO NOT BUY AN e-TAG! Force them to send you a bill via snail mail, which will cause the entire house of cards to collapse within 3 months.

      Jessica - 2012-04-16 08:04

      Ha ha they're getting desperate. We have to stay strong and show them we will NOT be bullied

      adam - 2012-04-16 08:09

      You could buy a fifty rand pass, give a false account number,soak the tag in boiling water to make it useful, and there are invisible paints on the net that will not allow a photo of your plates. I could also hack their computer system.

      Sean - 2012-04-16 08:09

      Sanral you can GFY. I will not be getting an e-tag. Fortunately I don't need to use the highways, but a lot of you do. I feel for you. But stand firm and stand together. Their system will be crippled in a couple of months if none of us buy into their government orchestrated blackmail system.

      Felix - 2012-04-16 08:23

      I heard they will be including a extra large tube of KY jelly when you register.

      Lorain - 2012-04-16 08:31

      Since the Sanral registration office opned in Cresta, ihave seen only one person in there going t register. Do not buy those tags,we will not give in to blackmail.

      bluzulu - 2012-04-16 08:40

      Bullying tactics here. Arrest and incarcerate a million taxpayers....Now there is a road to disaster....Toll that

      Alan - 2012-04-16 08:41

      Clearly SANRAL is now in a panic as registration is miniscule compared to what they wanter to achieve. I hope the Govt, Cosatu, SANRAl etc are making new plans, becuase the Pension Funds, COSATU's Investments etc are going to fail bacuase of the unjust tolling. People - even if it costs you more to use the toll roads until the entire concept is dropped, stand firm and resist unjustice. Enough is enough - the Tribe has spoken!!

      NrGx - 2012-04-16 08:53

      WTF - now they have changed the pricing to suit their intimidation tactics. This government have gone TOO FAR, now they are forcing people to buy and pay for THEIR mistakes! ITs almost as if they are pushing for a revolt, even war!

      Jaba - 2012-04-16 09:17

      LOL 300000 registered for E-Toll my @$$ the only 300000 is the number of hate mail both Sanral and Ndebele received. I would love to see proof of even just 3000 registered E-Losers (that does not include corrupt ANC members nor Sanral thieves)

      Jaba - 2012-04-16 09:22

      I wish our high percentage of criminal in South Africa (excluding the criminals at Sanral or Government) would take down the toll gates and sell it as scrap metal…. There must be like R100,000 worth of scrap! And those blue lights would make awesome Christmas decorations. This is the only form of crime that I will support.

      Alan - 2012-04-16 09:25

      hmmJaba - there is quite a good market for blue lights as well....

      Warmonger - 2012-04-16 09:31

      What a wonderfull country we live in when those who wish to take/pilfer/steal from citizens can just change the rules to suit them as- and how THEY see fit! To suit their corrupt "needs"... And it gets worse daily in gool old SA. BOYCOT sANRAL - DO NOT BUY AN E-TAG!!!

      Ina - 2012-04-16 09:49

      My immediate reaction as well Fredster, my goodness, how much more of this high handedness are we expected to endure? We are being fleeced left, right and centre, and now browbeaten and threatened.

      Muddy - 2012-04-16 09:51

      Please note that the higher price mean that you will hit the cap quicker. 314km a month and you won’t pay more than R550. Also people driving more than 1200km a month will pay the cap even if registered for e-tag. So no use to get an e-tag then.

      Muddy - 2012-04-16 09:56

      So I have a motorbike and a car. I wonder what will happen if I buy an E-tag for my bike and take it with me in the car? Can the blue eyed camera pick up it’s a bike’s E-tag in a car? Can I claim that I just bought the E-tag and was driving home to put it on my bike, should they detect the diff? Don’t get my wrong, im not going to buy an E-tag. But should we get a gun against the head I will explore this avenue.

      Sean - 2012-04-16 10:30

      It may be Autumn but is this the "Gauteng Spring" that I can smell. Definitely a revolution in the air.

      John - 2012-04-16 10:34

      muddy i have already explored this. firstly to get the 550 cap you need to register and secondly the e tag is regisered to you vehicle's lic plate make and colour, i beleive after going through 7 gate you will be found out, i will not be supported this anc gov led blackmail, at least until there is as you put it a gun against my head. bottom line time to stand together people.

      Jacqui - 2012-04-16 10:41

      Jaja, you're right, They are not going to find you there.

      Lee - 2012-04-16 10:53

      I can afford the tolls. So on that note i can't be arsed to register or even educate myself about this farse......Just keep sending me a bill with photo proof of my vehicle etc. I'll pay when you come to collect.

      Muddy - 2012-04-16 11:04

      @Lee, “I can afford the tolls” for now. When they killed the rats, I did not protect the rats because I’m not a rat. When they killed the cats, I did not complain because I’m not a cat. When they killed the dogs, I did not object against it because I’m not a dog. And now they are after me, and there is nobody left to protect me.

      Hussain - 2012-04-16 11:08

      I will not get an e-tag and i WILL use the highways. I await these steps, first an invoice, then a reminder, then a summons, then a court date(which I will ignore) then a warrant of arrest, then an arrest and then, only in chains, will I appear in court to explain why i didnt pay. Lets see if they have the resources to do this to 10 million people. If we stand together, we can beat this.

      Demetrius.Syriopoulos - 2012-04-16 12:47

      hey Fredster, the words Mugabe and Dictatorship come my mind.

      Hugh - 2012-04-16 13:05

      Extortion; highway robbery are another two that comes to mind. DONT BUY E-TAGS, they cannot process 4 million cars, through 42 booms per day. Hence the gun to the head. Fthem!

      Alan - 2012-04-16 15:31

      whaahaah Hugh - Highway robbery says it all

      Donovan - 2012-04-17 00:13

      Doesn't anyone have a sunroof and a 12 gauge?

      Sean - 2012-04-17 01:47

      Reading this article , it`s the first time in a long time that I see so many South Africans standing together. I WON`T PAY !!!!

      dewalds3 - 2012-04-17 09:42

      lackmail ['blæk?me?l] noun 1. (Law) the act of attempting to obtain money by intimidation, as by threats to disclose discreditable information 2. the exertion of pressure or threats, esp unfairly, in an attempt to influence someone's actions vb (tr) 1. (Law) to exact or attempt to exact (money or anything of value) from (a person) by threats or intimidation; extort 2. to attempt to influence the actions of (a person), esp by unfair pressure or threats ex·tor·tion (k-stôrshn) noun. 1. The act or an instance of extorting. 2. Illegal use of one's official position or powers to obtain property, funds, or patronage. 3. An excessive or exorbitant charge. 4. Something extorted ter·ror·ism [ter-uh-riz-uhm] noun 1.the use of violence and threats to intimidate or coerce, especially for political purposes. 2.the state of fear and submission produced by terrorism or terrorization. 3.a terroristic method of governing or of resisting a government. Pick the one you like most!

  • IAnon - 2012-04-16 07:20

    Down with Those Dictators!

      Brad.Kopping - 2012-04-16 08:48

      Give this man a bells!

      Kala - 2012-04-16 08:55

      "The absolute arrogance and lack of transparent processes shown by Sanral to the public throughout the whole toll introduction is abhorrent." That sums it up nicely

      mariuskowie - 2012-04-16 09:40

      You are right. It is dictating to the motorists. Either allow them to access your bank account at will or pay the insane extortion fees for not registering. Us folks from other provinces are really extra bad off when visiting the affected tolling area. How the hell do you get a "Day Pass" to be able to travel on the extortion roads at the cheaper rate. Does that mean I have to stop somewhere in Joburg to be able to buy the Extortion day pass before I am able to travel to my family in Pretoria? Will the Extortion sales offices be open at night? Do the visitors from other provinces now have to plan the trip to arrive during business hours to be able to buy the Extortion Day Pass? This toll system is one big fubar. I will program my GPS to avoid the toll roads. I don't care if I travel an hour longer. That is to be less of an ordeal than to deal with the slep of the toll system. Makes me think of the classical medieval toll system where a road gets guarded by thieves extorting toll from unsuspecting travelers. The people living in the area is getting scr***d without the option of Vaseline. This system is set to push my family's expenses (that live there) to the point where they will have to look for alternative accommodation. Either that or they have to stop eating. They are most likely going to look at the Western Cape as an alternative to the insanity of the Pretoria/Johannesburg area.

      Johnathon - 2012-04-16 21:38

      Poor, Poor SANRAl. They have finally seen the light that no one is going to buy their criminal e-tag. They are now absolutely defeated, and have resorted to gross illegal intimidation to get the tax bleeding public to buy their e-tags. They fully realise : No e-tag : No guaranteed fantastic monthly income : Those without e-tags will never ever pay what they try to invoice. Gauteng motorists, the battle is all but WON. We must stick to our resolve : No E-TAGS : NEVER EVER PAY SANRAL’s TOLL INVOICE. They are running so scared, and are trying to legislate, and try every intimidation trick in the book, for people to sign the irrevocable debit order with them, as per the e-tag system. Just how convenient for them : Every time your e-tags bleeps, money immediately leaves your account and whooses into SANRALS account. They do not care a sh**t that you will have no money left for food, for the rest of the month. They can charge non e-tag holders R500 / km toll fees. Totally irrelevant SANRAL, as SA motorists will bring you and this rotten Government you are part of, to your knees. Use 47 billion you collect from fuel levies to maintain SA’s roads. Up yours eternally, SANRAL. Unfortunately the Government has gone one tax too far. The more they viciously threaten the SA Motorist, the more the motorist hates SANRAL, and the more determined they become to never ever pay one cent of their totally overtaxed, and hard earned money, to these evil bunch of thieves.

      Sean - 2012-04-17 01:28

      @Poloyatonky - I can see you didn`t get enough attention when you were younger !!

      Warmonger - 2012-04-17 13:31

      polo-d0nkey, you are such an ass!! Clearly you were dropped on your head quite a number of times when you were young...

  • Sharon - 2012-04-16 07:21

    If you register, you pay, if you don't register, you pay more - either way, you're stuffed. I don't think Sanral is getting the message. People cant afford it! In my book what they are doing is extortion...

      brionyl.french - 2012-04-16 07:31

      So dont use the highway, They cannot charge you for not using them.

      greig.saunders - 2012-04-16 07:38

      @Frenchie - easier said than done. Dood idea, but every person will have the same sentiments. Can you imagine commuting between PTA and JHB on back roads every day? Within weeks the roads will be finished! Use the roads we have ALREADY payed for - including the highway!

      greig.saunders - 2012-04-16 07:38

      Typo - "Good"

      Xavier7034 - 2012-04-16 09:14

      Here is just ONE short scenario I would HAVE to endure with the E-Tag Gantry's: (All figures rounded off, and approximated) Buying an E-Tag: Linmeyer to Naturena and back = 36 Km (Petrol cost = R30) Highway distance used in that = 19 km Number of Gantry's = 3 (19 Km X R0.35 per Km) = R7) Total = R37 PER DAY!!!!!!! NOT buying an E-Tag: Linmeyer to Naturena and back = 36 Km (Petrol cost = R30) Highway distance used in that = 19 km Number of Gantry's = 3 (19 Km X R1.75 per Km) = R33) Total = R63 PER DAY!!!!!!!

      lee.farrington - 2012-04-16 09:32

      @Xavier, this is the reason why they will not put the cost of SCAMRAL's scam into the fuel levy, it would equate to a 20% increase of fuel. This way it appears cheaper.

      Muddy - 2012-04-16 09:49

      @Xavier The only difference is the number of days its going to take you to hit the cap.With an E-tag it will take 15 days. With out an E-tag it will take 9 days. At the end of the month it cost R550 either way. “all figures rounded of to the nearest day”

      Sean - 2012-04-16 10:04

      Muddy, you cannot get the cap unless you have the tag. It only applies to those with a tag and are registered as frequent users. No tag=no cap=big bill.

      Leon - 2012-04-16 10:13

      SANRAL is a business, if it costs them more to collect than what they are entitled to collect; well do the maths. Let them pay for every rand they can legally get from you!

      Leon - 2012-04-16 10:16

      Xavier, so you would capitulate for your own sake? Your math is sound, only if they can continue to toll us... If we stand together, the travel cost would automatically diminish. I hear a lot of people putting their hands in the air. I call you weak! Prove me wrong.

      Muddy - 2012-04-16 10:18

      OK new plan. Every body with a small motor bike or car that is totalled must registered for an E-tag. Then SANRAL will think that their tactics are working. Imagen 500 000 registered Scooters and busted cars on their system that will never drive on the highway. And when payday comes for SANRAL they will be shocked to find none of those E-tags used the roads. Give them a false sense of security. They are playing dirty, we can also use sneaky tricks.

      colin.dovey - 2012-04-16 10:24

      I am at a COMPLETE loss as to why some folk are giving my analysis of the costs of E-tags a Thumbs down? I AM NOT ADVOCATING BUYING AN E-TAG - in fact I am dead against it. The BEST way to go, if they had done THEIR sums properly, and if we HAVE to pay, is to add 8,5 cents on to the Fuel levy. THAT would then bring every vehicle, including Taxis, Buses, Foreign cars, Cars from other provinces, Hired cars etc into the mix.

      Rob - 2012-04-16 10:54

      Xavier, you need to understand, you are not paying for the distance of highway you use. You pay for the distance between the gantry you pass and the next gantry, just as with the old tollgate system. If you turn off at the first off-ramp after the gantry or the last one before the next gantry, you still pay for that distance.

      Connie - 2012-04-16 11:11

      @Xavier ... Linmeyer to Naturena ... no need to use the highway. You have Comaro, Rifle Range, Columbine and numerous others. Waaaaaay cheaper :)

      Alan - 2012-04-16 15:47

      Well Sharon - some comments from N24 readers have been : Pay your Sanral account in tiny coins, travel at 40km/h on the highways which will cause massive stuff-ups, dont register, dont pay, only ride through 1 gantry per month and let SANRAL go to all the administrative trouble of finding you and trying to get you to pay a an account worth only a few Rand, or boycotting Toll roads completely. In the long run, with even a small percentage of drivers doing these (legal)things, the whole racket is going to backfire on the Govt and Sanral. I am looking forward to some exciting times ahead, when for once the arrogance of our Public Servants (that's right - I said SERVANTS) will be challenged, and fairness will prevail. Score: People 1, Sanral 0

  • Refugee - 2012-04-16 07:22

    i guess ill be a REFUGEE here in CT a little bit longer ........ Now i know why they say JHB life is expensive

      Sharon - 2012-04-16 07:26

      @ Refugee - if their little project is successful in Gauteng, I can guarantee that they will go national with this. They won't be happy just milking one province, when they can make so much more from the rest of the country.

      brionyl.french - 2012-04-16 07:32

      You and my housemate for now... until they start milking Capetonians too...

      DSBennie - 2012-04-16 07:41

      @ Sharon, at least we have some hope in the fact that our government down here will challenge it every step of the way instead on just being yes men for the National government.

      Sharon - 2012-04-16 07:53

      @ DSBennie - Buggar Australia, I am moving to Cape Town!!!

      Johan - 2012-04-16 08:51

      @Refugee, they've already indicated that Cape Town is next.

      Nicholas - 2012-04-16 09:27

      @Refugee - Not sure who "they" are. You need to get out more, Cape Town is far more expensive that JHB! Try go to a couple of restaurants in CT and JHB ...no comparison. Tolls aren't going to make a difference because the vast majority of people are not going to be paying anyway.

      Ashley - 2012-04-16 10:02

      @Refugee, can you imagine the amount of people that will now want to No. 1 move from Pretoria to Jo'burgh to save money. The scum landlords will be asking ridiculous rent knowing this........

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-04-16 07:22

    If you register you pay. If you don't register... the postal system collapses.

      Compos - 2012-04-16 07:39

      There is a postal system????

      Neil - 2012-04-16 08:12

      They will have to post you an invoice if you have not registered to TRY and get you to pay. Good luck to them!

      Christopher - 2012-04-16 09:11

      My dog ate the post? Even if they issue a warrant for not paying, you know how many warrant officers there are going to need!! And then you just do not open the door for them. They screwed!

      lee.farrington - 2012-04-16 09:35

      Do you really think they will care that you have received your toll invoice? They don't give a damn if you have received your fines which I must add are supposed to be sent to you registered! They will just set up roadblocks with ATM's to pay the tolls. The collection of the tolls will be of paramount importance to JMPD, screw crime.

      Keith - 2012-04-16 17:37

      Christopher, I'm going to apply to become a sheriff, it's the new growth industry, serving summonses & taking commission on the money received for your goods when they are auctioned. You don't have toopen your door, I'll nail the summons to it.

  • Victor - 2012-04-16 07:23

    So that is how democracy works in Africa ????????

      Andrew - 2012-04-16 08:07

      Yes - you bully, you bully and then you threaten with an even bigger bully!

      Sean - 2012-04-17 01:33

      They Bully and they Steal - Normal African WAY !!

  • adrian.lubbe - 2012-04-16 07:23

    I will only pay once i receive photographic proof and a proper invoice of every time i go through one of these toll gates.

      Alan - 2012-04-16 08:51

      Don’t buy e-tags. I am not going to let anybody deduct money from my account without proof of service. I will insist that Sanral POST all photographs of my car (with my number plates) going through the toll gates. They cannot email them because my spam blocker won’t allow them. Then if they can get that right then maybe I will pay. My company does not pay for anything without the vendor supplying proof of delivery. Similarly I will not pay for any toll without SANRAL proving to me that MY car with my number plate went through the toll.

      Warmonger - 2012-04-16 09:38

      AND- what happens when more and more [bad]people start cloning number plates to 'avoid' tolls? How -and What- are the channels to sanral *spit* to attempt sorting out these kind of niggles..? DO NOT BUY A sANRAL E-TAG!!!

      Keith - 2012-04-16 17:43

      You chaps are indulging in wishful thinking. The question of the validity of an E-Toll invoice will be taken to Court. If the judge rules against it the government will 'review' the function of the court and you'll be screwed. Also, there surely will not be an invoice for each gantry you pass, merely one composite invoice - with about 20 entries, so i don't really see the post office not coping with the volume of mail.

      Alan - 2012-04-17 11:02

      Keith I am not questioning the validity of the invoice. I am merely saying that I want PROOF that MY car with MY numberplate went through the toll. The only way they can do that is to send me photographs with an invoice. I will be going through six tolls a day and I want to see the photographs before I pay.

  • Herman - 2012-04-16 07:24

    Typical stuff seen in dictatorship environments.

      Gary - 2012-04-17 11:21

      I think this one step further eg the begining of TYRANNY....

  • Blackpoison - 2012-04-16 07:25

    SANRAL....go sit against one of your gantries and play with yourself. I won't register.

  • Muhammed - 2012-04-16 07:26

    Someone needs to please bomb those e-tolls.

      brionyl.french - 2012-04-16 07:34

      i know many people who wanna

      Muhammed - 2012-04-16 08:23

      :)

      Ricky - 2012-04-16 08:34

      More like burn down sanral and bump off the minister as a warning

      clinton.bowden1 - 2012-04-16 10:08

      You have to see the irony in terms of a stereotype for this comment....

      Rob - 2012-04-16 10:31

      Hmmm, you've got the right name, what about it!

      Muhammed - 2012-04-16 11:26

      Lol... NO No...I'm no terrorist hehe. I'm surprised at the number of people who likes my post...but I'm not going to bomb anything and get myself locked up so that everyone else can enjoy the roads...its unfortunate that the taxi's are exempt from this- if they weren't it would long ago been bombed!!

      Rob - 2012-04-16 11:40

      Chicken! Scared the secret police are reading these comments? Probably are!

      Rob - 2012-04-16 14:49

      @muhammed and everyone else. I know some folk who are feverishly working on solutions including myself. Please watch this space. There are some bright technically inclined folk out there. I will make a solution available for free to everyone if I succeed.

      Muhammed - 2012-04-16 15:09

      Mmm...what kind of solution are we talking about?

      Keith - 2012-04-16 17:46

      THE FINAL SOLUTION!

      Fourhundredkg - 2012-04-16 18:40

      Cheap e-tag jammers.

      Nirosha - 2012-04-17 10:42

      You should have said b**b, some words are forbidden to be spoken/typed. We think it but afraid to say it.

      Muhammed - 2012-04-17 19:14

      @ Nirosha: Thanks for the good advice. I agree.

  • Martin - 2012-04-16 07:26

    noooooooooooooooo etag, i bet this is due to lack of people registering, good work chaps, tactics of the school bully when he realises you scarfed your lunch before arriving at school....

  • Corne - 2012-04-16 07:27

    Not going to get an e-tag, nor will I pay their accounts

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-16 07:29

    So they not forcing you but they are forcing you!!! What a bunch of tossers!!! Just dont use the highway then they wont make any money. Its that simple. One can get from Jhb to PTA and back on back roads... Lets clog them up and have everyone late for work, slowing down the economy due to tardiness and then lets see how the government likes that????

      Sharon - 2012-04-16 07:32

      I'm worried about heavy goods vehicles using the backroads. These roads were not designed or built for heavy trucks, so they will be full of potholes and impassable in no time!

      Don.Tandy - 2012-04-16 07:36

      @Sharon - too late, they are already full of potholes.

      Martin - 2012-04-16 07:48

      sharon, maybe with luck the truck traffic will push the rest of the tar down to pothole level and we can enjoy flat surface driving again. im starting to enjoy the potholes, keeps me on my toes lol

      Mike - 2012-04-16 08:32

      Government doesnt give a S#!t about the economy, as long as they filling their pockets by any means possible they happy, they couldnt care less about the people that are paying tax and vat and levies and weddings for all the wives and parties, e-toll is just another way to make them even more wealthy. when it all collapses and the economy is in ruins then the previous government and colonialists will be blamed.

  • christian.helberg - 2012-04-16 07:30

    Gauteng driver should unite, everyone on the highway should come to a complete stand still for an hour everyday, just turn off your engine and park in whatever lane you are in, just one hour. It will have serious impications on the economy and lets face it, that is the only way we can get their attention. By threatening their piggy bank

      Martin - 2012-04-16 07:51

      stop and pull out the skottle's, have a e toll road size party, and get guiness world record status while we at it

      Konstabel - 2012-04-16 08:39

      Blocking the highway is an offence and they will immediately call the police and armed forces. Better is a go-slow, everyone drives at 40km/h which is the legal minimum limit and blocks all lanes.

      Piet - 2012-04-16 09:08

      We are already going at 40 km/h from the west rand to Rivonia!

      Sean - 2012-04-16 10:21

      @Oceanh, agreed. A few days of that will cost the country more than the toll loans. This tactic seems to work in the townships and the ANC use it all the time when it suits them. COSATU lives by this tactic. @Konstable. So, please tell me. How will the police and armed forces get onto the highways to arrest us if the highways are jammed solid by stationery cars.

  • EthanDade - 2012-04-16 07:31

    Sounds like another scare tactic to get users to register, once registered they own you.

      adam - 2012-04-16 07:46

      You are 100% right,NO WAAAY will they have free access to my bank account. I will only pay if they prove my car used the road...pics and registered post.

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-04-16 07:32

    So now the ANCorruption (through SANRAL) are resorting to scare tactics to get everyone rushing out to buy an E(xtortion)-tag. What a pathetic spineless government we have.

      Patrick Craw - 2012-04-16 07:48

      that's why we should vote DA.that's the answer to all our problems

  • barend.wasserman - 2012-04-16 07:33

    Ok. Now tell me. How much will the guys from Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Swaziland and other countries have to pay?\r\n\r\nSeker Boggerroll.... Ons sal maar moet bataal ne?

  • brionyl.french - 2012-04-16 07:34

    Also I see the highway is coming apart not only by Rivonia off Ramp but also near new road and thats just been done... I say screw you and your shoddy work from the shoddy government

  • Mark - 2012-04-16 07:37

    Good luck with that

  • Chris - 2012-04-16 07:38

    Ova 300 000 twits?? Wat the hell!! Only if we had more twit poachers than rhino's

  • winston.mullany - 2012-04-16 07:40

    300 000? I somehow doubt that number!

      Patrick Craw - 2012-04-16 07:45

      that's I small number if you think that there are over 4 million people living in gauteng

      davidmarctaylor - 2012-04-16 09:00

      Apparently (according to www.southafrica.info) there are 11 191 700 people living in Gauteng, and that was in 2010. Johannesburg alone has a population of 3 888 180. My point? Mr President, the people have spoken...

  • Fredster - 2012-04-16 07:41

    I just have this feeling that if the eToll does come doen like a stack of cards, they will think of another way to get their money...Hike the fuel price, road tax, levys etc. Pay we are going to pay

      Alan - 2012-04-16 08:56

      That's fine Fredster. That means everyone will pay including taxis because their subsidised price must go up too.

      flysouth - 2012-04-16 12:36

      The e-toll scam WILL come down like a pack of cards if we stick together and do not comply! They may then try another way - so what, let them try, if we can beat them once, we can beat them again!

  • Patrick Craw - 2012-04-16 07:43

    I will not buy e-tag.every time I drive under the tolls they will see my middle finger

      Leon - 2012-04-16 09:53

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      Keith - 2012-04-16 17:53

      Leon, bloody clever!

      Luviwe - 2012-04-16 18:10

      Good one Leon.

  • kamal.naran - 2012-04-16 07:45

    theres definately something shady going on with these tolls...

      betsy.compaan - 2012-04-16 12:37

      maybe the shady part is the R7.1B that the Government invested ilegally out of the Government Pension fund in this...

  • Ken - 2012-04-16 07:45

    This desperate bullying action proves that the system will collapse if you dont register. I repeat The Post Offic cant deliver 4 million invoices a month. Sanral are in full pani mode. The next step is forcing us at gunpoint to buy a disc. Cry the Beloved Country

      Marion - 2012-04-16 13:08

      The justice system will also not be able to cope. In fact, even SANRAL wil not be able to cope with the amount of admin.

      Keith - 2012-04-16 17:55

      Marion, yes they will, hundreds more jobs for pals.

      Sean - 2012-04-17 01:38

      @Keith , maybe jobs for the pals , but the pals are completely incompetent :)

  • wikus.schalkwyk - 2012-04-16 07:48

    PLEASE! Can someone spell check this article? "According to Sanral, 300 000 road users had bought e-tags at the begging of this month, The toll system officially kicks in at midnight on April 30." Who's begging here? Is this the quality of news we should be expecting? I'd rather not believe a word they write these days...

  • Adrian - 2012-04-16 07:54

    Vote DA

  • Herman - 2012-04-16 07:54

    Where does this fall within the consumers protection act? If I am not mistaken there is more than one breach of the CPA here.

  • Herman - 2012-04-16 07:55

    Does this not breach the consumers protection act? Time we take it up with the CPA and stop these bullies.

  • Shaun - 2012-04-16 07:56

    DESPERATE BULLYING TACTIC ALERT!!!!! Dont register!!!!! Together we are strong divided we are weak. My Wife and I will not be getting e-tags. You guys have my word on that.

      Leon - 2012-04-16 10:31

      My wife and I are totally behind you! We will not register.... Ever, even if this works and we have to pay inflated prices ad infinitum; we will not sign a contract or have a piece of government jewellery installed that sanctions this travesty.

      Keith - 2012-04-16 18:03

      Start a fund to indemnify the first lot of people who are sued for non-payment. People will stick together if they know it's not going to cost them an arm and a leg. If the first case results in a big fine I have no doubt that the SABC will make headlines of it for as long as possible for maximum publicity. It is possible to appeal against the verdict, and cause delays, but that is HUGELY costly, beyond most people's pockets. In the absence of group help, people will soon pay up and the protest will collapse. Just don't let any Nigerians handle the fund.

  • Wayne - 2012-04-16 07:57

    how does this work if i visit my sister from KZN. Do i have to pay 1.75? Why would i get e tagged?

      Thando - 2012-04-16 08:54

      The buffoons haven't figured it out yet. They really have no answer to that question

  • dare.myburgh - 2012-04-16 07:58

    If you don't register you don't ride on the free way,and who wants to support crooks i can see many fake number plates

      Craig - 2012-04-16 08:48

      Hmmm... they were Freeways. Now they are the most expensive strips of tar in SA.

      Charles - 2012-04-16 12:52

      @Craig they should call them Payways now

  • Albert - 2012-04-16 08:01

    govrnmnt we r tired of striking jst do wat ever u feel u culd eat through it

  • jilli13 - 2012-04-16 08:02

    "300 000 road users had bought e-tags at the *begging* of this month" - yes they were begging for them to buy them. I totally agree, we should all for once stand together as a nation, not just US up here in Gauteng... dont think for one minute that they wont put this in place in the rest of the country if we let them get away with it, Black, White, PINK and GREEn, What ever your colour, whatever your political offiliation, what ever province you are in, STAND UP AND OPPOSE THIS!!! WE all Voted for these people to look out for OUR BEST INTERESTS, and just the knock on effect from this never mind the cost to each of us who use the highways, will affect the WHOLE COUNTRY. YES that means YOU, and YOU, ANd yes YOU tooo!!!. WE need be Robin Hood, here but we all need to stand together to beat the SHERIF OF Sanral !!!!

  • Arthur - 2012-04-16 08:02

    Boycott!! Do us proud Gauteng!

  • dewalds3 - 2012-04-16 08:04

    Kick Scamral up their gantries!

  • george.brink - 2012-04-16 08:08

    I have read one thorough study, more thorough than SARAL's, that even at the 60% take up of e-tags that they hope for, the postal system will not be able to cope with the extra volume of post of over 400 000 letters per day. I'm guessing that their bank will want to stop taking payments if their counters are constantly clogged with people paying cash over the counter to cost SANRAL extra bank charges.

  • ophiri - 2012-04-16 08:08

    Dear Sanral,\r\n\r\nVOETSEK!!!

  • vdsantos - 2012-04-16 08:08

    EXTORTION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And you you can KISS my Tollgate!!

  • ronzaled - 2012-04-16 08:10

    Dammit this people are doff; SANRAL crack your thick skulls and let this sunk in. I AIN'T INTIMIDATED AND LIKE I'VE BEEN SAYING I AIN'T PAYING FOR NO E-TAG NOR E-TOLL. i hope u get it now

  • ophiri - 2012-04-16 08:10

    Dear Sanral....VOETSEK!!!

  • Voiceinthedesert.co.za - 2012-04-16 08:11

    I THINK MALEMA WAS RIGHT THIS GOVERNMENT IS A BUNCH OF DICTATORS PUT IN POWER BY UNEDUCATED PEOPLE AND NOW THEY ARE REEKING HAVOC AND THE POOR IDIOTS WHO PUT THEM IN POWER ARE STANDING ASTONISHED COMPLAINING "WE DIDN'T WANT THIS, WHO ARE THESE PEOPLE" SHAME WAKE UP AND SMELL THE ROSES OR GET A BOOK AND EDUCATE YOURSELF TODAY. PLEASE THE FUTURE OF THIS COUNTRY DEPENDS ON IT HA HA HA LMFWAO

      cwboshoff - 2012-04-16 08:54

      I'm sorry to do this, but you are telling people to get educated etc, which is a very valid point, but if you tell other people to get educated, please use the correct spelling/words. It's bad enough that the reporters compiling the stories make such bad spelling and grammar mistakes. We are all guilty of this spelling/wording issue, so it's directed at you, but also at everyone else. "wreaking havoc" not "reeking havoc"! Reeking - Smell strongly and unpleasantly; stink. Wreaking - Cause (a large amount of damage or harm). Oh, and while I'm at it, did you know that your input device has the option to allow for the use of lower case characters? :)

      thinga - 2012-04-16 09:17

      @cwboshoff, we got the message from Voiceinthedesert dot co dot za clear, now go open that dictionary and teach your kids! There's a burning issue here, SCAMRAL, not you CWBOSHOFF busy correcting people their grammar and sMelling; sorry, sPelling!

      cwboshoff - 2012-04-16 09:31

      haha, sorry, I just couldn't resist.

      Ina - 2012-04-16 10:11

      @ boschoff- grow up! Why look for spelling errors, and belittling people publicly - and you know what? What Sanral is doing is reeking, to high heaven, so perhaps Voice wan't so wrong after all

      cwboshoff - 2012-04-16 12:04

      haha, you know what, maybe try spelling my name correctly, then I'll "maybe" take you seriously. And yes, SANRAL reeks, we can all smell it all over the country! (But that's not what he meant!)

      Ina - 2012-04-16 13:09

      I did not spell your name correctly, because you are not important enough to me to bother. I don't like petty people.

      cwboshoff - 2012-04-16 13:26

      responding to my clearly childish comment, you are just as petty yourself, ag shame!

      Keith - 2012-04-16 18:10

      Hey! You are supposed to be protesting against the E-Toll system. Not bickering & nit picking. If I wrote in one of the other 11 official languages my spelling would be atrocious too, to say nothing of my grammar.

  • Anthony - 2012-04-16 08:16

    So if i drive up from Cape Town , I must pay R1.75/km?? A good reason never to visit Gauteng!!

  • aspruyt - 2012-04-16 08:20

    F U SANRAL! You will not get a cent out of me.

  • Dudley - 2012-04-16 08:24

    I'll pay... If I can get into my car at any given time and be guaranteed to get to my next destination without a traffic jam or traffic lights that doesn't work or taxis taking stupid chances or potholes or bribes or or or...

  • Gerald - 2012-04-16 08:25

    The DA spokesman said ON Radio 702 this morning that he has read the Government Gazzette that gave the new tarrifs and he pointed out that TAXIS and Busses are not uder the exempted section so therefore they have to pay the toll fees. Wonder what is going to happen now

      Marion - 2012-04-16 13:13

      roflmfao...

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-04-16 08:25

    "According to Sanral, 300 000 road users had bought e-tags at the begging of this month" - I wonder how many the BEGGING of next month will bring? Does this BEGGING only occur once each month?

  • zipho500 - 2012-04-16 08:26

    Lol scamral lol

      malcolm.molver - 2012-04-16 09:20

      Lol. Or Scumral!

      Alan - 2012-04-16 15:56

      or Scamall

  • Noelle - 2012-04-16 08:26

    always threatening - what do you ever do for the citizens! We can fight back to you know and now that we are you can't take it!

  • Sazi - 2012-04-16 08:27

    Don't register people! They will not arrest all of us!!! BOYCOTT!!