E-toll countdown: Pockets could be hit hard

2013-12-01 22:25
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Johannesburg - At least 21 000 motorists have bought their e-tags just after the commencement date of Gauteng's electronic-tolling system was announced, the transport department said on Sunday.

"In the midst of anti-tolling campaigns, motorists have still gone out in their numbers to prove that they are law abiding citizens," the department said in a statement.

It added that it was encouraged by reports of long queues at some e-toll outlets across Gauteng.

The SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) has indicated that at least 735 000 tags had been sold.

"Minister [Dipuo] Peters has equally commended those who have already registered, and are in possession of their tags, for doing the right thing."

Peters announced that e-tolling in Gauteng would begin on 3 December.

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Motorists who drive on the tolled road network without registering would be expected to pay almost double of what registered users would pay.

"For instance, a driver of a light-motor vehicle who's not registered would be expected to pay 59c per kilometre, compared to 30c per kilometre paid by their registered peers. While it's not a legal requirement to register, it's in your best economic interests that you do so," Peters said.

The department is encouraged by reports of long queues at e-toll outlets and retail partner stores across Gauteng on Sunday.

 Peters said: "All you need is R49.95 to obtain your tag. This amount will be credited to your e-toll account once you are registered.”

Road users without an e-toll account, or a day pass, have a seven-day grace period to pay from the time he or she passed the gantry.

A bill would be sent through the post if the account was not paid within seven days, the department said.

"We are aware of campaigns discouraging people from registering and we wish to encourage motorists to not to pay attention to such."


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