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Gauteng residents urged to get e-tags

2012-03-13 22:19

Johannesburg - Gauteng Premier Nomvula Mokonyane has urged the province's residents to register for the e-tolling system, which will be implemented on April 30.

"Today [Tuesday] is a demonstration that we have put our systems in place and we are ready," she said at the launch of the e-toll registration for government vehicles in Bedfordview, on the East Rand, on Tuesday.

"I wish to call on Gauteng residents to co-operate. Our roads were not like this 10 years ago... We believe there is value for money [in the e-tolls system]."

Commuters who travelled by trains, buses or taxis did not need to worry because fares would not increase because of e-tolling, she said. These forms of public transport were exempt from electronic tolling.

With effect from April 30, motorcycles with e-tags will pay 20c/km and those without, 38c. Light motor vehicles will pay 30c and 58c respectively, and non-articulated trucks 75c and R1.45.

Articulated trucks with e-tags will pay R1.51/km, and those without R2.90. Under the new fee system, the cost for motorcycles and light vehicles will be capped at R550 a month.

A calculator on the SA National Roads Agency's (Sanral) website allows users to work out the estimated cost of their daily, weekly or monthly journeys.

The rates used on the e-toll calculator are based on the tariffs and discounts announced by Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan during his Budget speech on February 22.

At Tuesday's launch, Gauteng Roads and Transport MEC Ismail Vadi said it was planned to register up to 6 000 government vehicles by the end of the day.

Sanral CEO Nazir Ali said it was a myth that people who registered for e-tolls had to provide their banking details.

"There are different forms to pay for e-tolls," he said.

These included internet transfers, debit orders and credit cards, as well as payments at retail stores and customer centres.

Ali said plans were underway to enable e-tag holders to make payments at ATMs.

"To this end, Sanral encourages road users to become e-toll ready by registering for an e-toll account and obtaining an e-tag to be eligible for the minimum discount benefit of 48%," he said.

For large organisations and independent groups of 50 and more, a bulk e-toll account registration and e-tag delivery option was available.

The launch came a week after the Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu) led a nationwide protest against the system.

Cosatu threatened to find "creative ways" to halt its implementation if the government went ahead with the e-tolling system.

Comments
  • Kevin - 2012-03-13 22:25

    NO

      Max - 2012-03-14 01:16

      Agreed, Premier just because you believe there is value for money in this scam doesn't mean that it is so. On the contrary, everything you and your ANC cronies say to the public is lies and this is one of the biggest lies to date. So take your e-tags and FO back to where you came from.

      Jessica - 2012-03-14 06:25

      Why do we have pay for corrupt officials mistakes? I refuse

      Lyndatjie - 2012-03-14 07:24

      *wave from Cape Town*

      Martin - 2012-03-14 07:51

      morning, just a thought, very easy one, all the talk about lack of unity amoungst us in gauteng, im going to display "NO E-TAG" in my back window of my car, if those who are going to refuse also display "NO E-TAG", we will very soon see the unity visually for ourselves, in numbers that will motivate. just print it at work today and stick it on.... easy.no cost involved.

      Fussed - 2012-03-14 07:57

      The e toll roads have been underwriten by the gov pention fund, If this does not work all gov workers will lose out on the pention fund. Sorry gov officials LOSE your pentions I dont give a SH@#IT about you at all

      Martin - 2012-03-14 08:02

      fussed i like it,dont get an etag and starve a government

      Fussed - 2012-03-14 08:29

      "No e-toll payment, no licence" This is now the latest

      Fussed - 2012-03-14 08:30

      http://www.iol.co.za/motoring/industry-news/no-e-toll-payment-no-licence-1.1255871?utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Naidoo%3A+I+didn%C3%A2%C2%80%C2%99t+kill+anyone+-+14+Mar+2012+-+08%3A26&utm_source=IOL&utm_term=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.iol.co.za%2Fno-e-toll-payment-no-licence-1.1255871

      Martin - 2012-03-14 08:50

      fussed, got a bmx, but will need closer work, about 80km shorter

      Hugh - 2012-03-14 10:28

      No E tag no licence? then I ride with out the licence. Stuff them!

      Barry - 2012-03-14 13:07

      The e-tag system has been rejected by the taxpayer. Subject closed.

      Martin - 2012-03-15 08:04

      its done, im displaying my no etag, just saying

      Nina - 2012-04-05 13:52

      Nah, I will pass. No e-tag for me. Thank you VERY much.

  • Kevin - 2012-03-13 22:25

    Pay zero

  • Gustav - 2012-03-13 22:29

    I think I'll give this one a miss

  • Brian - 2012-03-13 22:31

    Forget it. They can come and arrest me!

  • Phillys - 2012-03-13 22:35

    I do not pay for the sandwich twice!!! This corrupt party which is in power is going to be brought to its knees, and this toll bullsh*t is the start of it!!!!!

  • Melusi Myaluza - 2012-03-13 22:44

    our premier is a comedian too,let her buy herself an e tag,I dont owe them sh*t,am ready for jail

      Martin - 2012-03-14 07:58

      free food, free tv, free board and lodge, maybe not 5 star but free is free, i dont see the bad side

  • Lucky Manaswe - 2012-03-13 22:46

    Hahaha this is funny. I guess is time to use back roads. Let's see how to get to PTA CBD from halfway house mmmm old PTA road will do.

  • Gareth Jones - 2012-03-13 22:55

    I can't even afford to fill my tank anymore how am I supposed to afford R550 a month extra?!?

      Lucky Manaswe - 2012-03-13 22:58

      Trains, buses and taxis and park the car in the garage. Lol

      Gareth Jones - 2012-03-13 23:04

      Well you pay for a car, and it becomes a useless piece of scrap metal because they raise petrol prices which in turn raise food prices, and then charge you half a grand a month to drive the car you worked so hard to afford. How does this government expect people to survive?

      Enhle - 2012-03-14 11:34

      @Lucky we bought cars for cmofort unless they can design a better public transportation infrastructure then it's ok but for now this is not working at all

      Moi - 2012-03-14 12:47

      @Lucky - unfortunately not everyone has access to trains and buses. I refuse to get on a taxi because their vehicles are generally unroadworthy and too many of their drives don't seem to know or acknowledge the rules of the road. I travel approximately 200km (to work and back) daily, which is close on R4000 a month and now they want to take another R550????

  • davidphi - 2012-03-13 23:09

    no, kthanks

  • Oneant - 2012-03-13 23:19

    In the words of Cartman (clears throat) : suck my b*lls.

      TBlogger - 2012-03-14 08:19

      You made me day oneant!! Love it!!

  • Mahomed Ismail - 2012-03-13 23:25

    NO mvula NO!!!!

  • michael.a.devilliers - 2012-03-13 23:29

    Think about the post office when you don't buy e-tags :P Nah, just kidding, I don't quite think they comprehend what an administrative nightmare this will become. Will collapse quick.

  • Mpapadi Monyela - 2012-03-13 23:36

    So those who use public transport will not pay directly but surely they will also pay heavily. Everything we use reaches us by car and delivery vehicles will surely pin the cost of SANRAL on the end users. Prices of Food and everything else will surely go higher!\r\nAlmost everyone hardly afford the cost of living and now all these other costs are imposed on us. We don't go to the movies anymore because we cannot afford to but we have no choice but to pay the bladdy roads. Especially us who work at areas that have no public transport system.

  • maseratifittipaldi - 2012-03-13 23:42

    e-I'm sorry. e-I don't like these e-pictures they send me. e-I don't live in Gauteng but e-I don't think this e-tolling is going to e-work. e-why don't you give us e-alternative e-good road to travel. We have e-paid for these roads e-over and e-over again. With e-taxes. e-I mean who is taking all the e-money? This is e-coli. You know, e-sht. I won't e-ver vote for ANC at e-lection. They must just e-f off. e-semoer.

      Paula - 2012-03-14 08:41

      :)Well said ....

  • Chien-Teng - 2012-03-13 23:44

    Funny how these heavy weight politicians come out before the Local Government Elections last year to voice their anger about tolling the poor, and then very immediately, taxis and buses, were and still are exempted from the tolls. And move forward a year, election done and dusted, lets toll the road users since we (the government) wield the bigger stick and a lot more money to pocket!

  • jason.joao - 2012-03-13 23:47

    HELLLLLLL NO!

  • Robert E Meise Esq - 2012-03-14 00:20

    no no no not by the hair on my chiny chin chin send me to jail rather

  • hein.huyser - 2012-03-14 06:27

    What? And give these morons free access to my banking account! You must be joking. Is this 1st of Apil or what. You can't even issue a decent water and lights account. No thanks, I will take my chances with the metros

  • Nicola - 2012-03-14 06:31

    NO!!

  • hein.huyser - 2012-03-14 06:33

    Better me register my vehicle as a taxi then. There is no law that states that I must actually charge my passengers

      Zing - 2012-03-14 08:07

      R550 will buy you a nice taxi sign for the top of your car, and after that you drive for free :)

  • Andrew - 2012-03-14 06:36

    Rather send me an account which may or may not reach me timeously for payment.Vadi says they plan to register 6000 vehicles for which the taxpayer will be paying the toll anyway, you are no hero by doing so.

  • Breinlekkasie - 2012-03-14 06:39

    Ok, it seems I will have to retrench my domestic!

  • Graeme - 2012-03-14 06:43

    I am going to buy a HiAce

      Sharmay - 2012-03-14 07:02

      if your travelling from Pta east to Sandton, please consider me as your first client...

  • Warwick - 2012-03-14 06:51

    No, we won't get tagged and ripped off. These are public roads paid for by the tax payer, not by sanral and the anc cronies. We will not sit by the side while you fat cats steal more & more & more. We will make this system ungovernable - mark my words you stupid incompetent anc fatcat.

  • Sharmay - 2012-03-14 07:03

    kiss my ass. not paying for something that should have been paid for out of the last 10 years worth of petrol tax. I would rather use that money to feed my family seen as thought the food prices are going to spike soon..

  • Jacqueline - 2012-03-14 07:04

    I am very glad I moved to the WC! Give them hell up there though people.

  • John - 2012-03-14 07:04

    You heard of the Arab spring now the African Summer is coming !!!

      Martin - 2012-03-14 09:48

      RIIIIIIIIIIOOOOOOOOOOOOOTTTTTTTTT, i have a gas mask and everything.

  • Tyrone - 2012-03-14 07:12

    Ok so they increase the price of petrol, yet again; and are really driving this e-Toll shyt. Lets see I pay tax on my salary, food, petrol, clothing, car, literally everything; WHAT THE HELL is the money being spent on. If this so called government can show me exactly where they spending mine and the rest of the hard working South Africans money, that they steal from us, and justify each spend then maybe they will see there is no need for this shyt.

  • Mark - 2012-03-14 07:20

    You have a better chance of becoming a man than you have of getting 1c out of me. Good luck and do let me know how it works out.

  • makesuthink - 2012-03-14 07:31

    That stupid woman says that the roads were not like this 10 years ago She is correct They were better. But wait SANRAL is a private company therefore they fall under the CPA. Guys demand that the roads are always in perfect condition with no delays (That is what they advertised) otherwise we all take them to the consumer commissioner. Mr ali and his plenry thieves will be spendig all day evey day in the commissioner's office AND refunding toll fees.

      John - 2012-03-14 08:32

      Sanral is not a private company it is government owned?????

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-14 11:18

      question or statement? i cant tell.

      Barker - 2012-03-14 16:17

      South African National Roads Agency Limited = Private Company - Note the word Limited www.nra.co.za = Private Company www.sanral.co.za = Private company www.gov.sanral.za = Government

  • sesom - 2012-03-14 07:32

    They can kiss my arse... Iwont buy this crap.

  • K0BUSL - 2012-03-14 07:43

    NO, NO, NO. Thank you but rather arrest me.

  • Carry - 2012-03-14 07:56

    WHAT IS COSATU, THE DA, THE FF AND ALL THOSE E-TOLL PETITION GROUPS DOING RIGHT NOW. WE CANNOT WAIT UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE TO WANT TO TAKE ACTION AGAINST THIS. THIS SHOULD NEVER HAVE BEEN ALLOWED TO GET THIS FAR - OUR OPPOSITION PARTIES WERE SUPPOSED TO SEE TO THIS. ON THE NEWS YESTERDAY IT WAS MENTIONED THAT NON E-TAG HOLDERS WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO RENEW THEIR CAR LICENCES. IT IS ALL FAIR AND WELL TO SAY THAT WE MUST NOT BUY THE E-TAG, AN D I AM NOT GOING TO .................. BUT WHAT NOW S.A.?

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-14 11:19

      we start a revolution!

      Hugh - 2012-03-14 13:49

      You will be able to renew the licence with out the e-tag, just your cumulative toll fees will be on the renewal papers. What they imply is to get the licence you have to settle the toll debt.

  • customdesign - 2012-03-14 07:56

    You people can really bitch and moan sometimes. If the roads were bad you would be moaning about that, as well as ridiculous traffic jams that would have put a toll on your car and your petrol bill anyways. I think they have come a long way to accommodate us- I will gladly pay rather than sit in the traffic jams of a few years ago.

      Sharmay - 2012-03-14 08:06

      If the roads were bad, we would be moaning yes. Why? Because of all the tax we pay, there should be no need for bad roads, let alone toll roads. I would rather sit in a traffic jam than not be able to feed my family. Please enlighten me as to where they accommodate us. They outsourced the toll structure and now we have to pay most of this revenue to a company that isn't even part of our country. Accommodating hey? What about potential job loss because people cant afford to get to work or companies have to retrench to cope with escalating functioning costs, food prices on the poor because it costs more to transport it? It was only beneficial to the bus and taxi community because they dont want to pass the bill to the drivers who will pass it on to the passengers, creating a disgruntled public, who would be pissed with the ANC and not vote... did you think that far? TWAT!

      Carry - 2012-03-14 08:15

      WE STILL HAVE TRAFFIC JAMS, WE STILL HAVE TAXIS HARING AND STOPPING ANYWHERE AND EVRYWHER, WE STILL HAVE TRUCKS RIDING IN ALL THE LANES .... ACCOMODATE US PLEASE - WE ARE ACCOMODATING THE GOVERNMENT BY ALLOWING THEM TO HAVE BEEN PILFERING OUR TAX MONIES FOR YEARS, WITH NO ARRESTS BEING MADE OR LEGAL REPERCUSSIONS. THIS MUST STOP.

      TBlogger - 2012-03-14 08:25

      You a fool. Either you are not required to travel on the toll road or you so loaded with money that it won't make a difference to you spending even more money unnecessarily. Well, some of us aren't that lucky so Stf you and get use to the bitching and the moaning!

      Sunette - 2012-03-14 08:45

      You completely miss the point, don't you! We have already paid for these roads to be improved, built and maintained! The government is not supposed to "Accommodate" us, they are supposed to spend the Trillions they get in tax to improve the quality of our lives by making sure that Roads, Hospitals, School, Policing and all other Government Departments are functioning properly! We are being overtaxed because the Comrades are stealing our tax money!

      Hendrik - 2012-03-14 10:32

      And how do you arrive at the conclusion that there will now be a miracle and no more traffic jams and delays? How will this crap stop a Taxi and or Truck doing what they do best? BLOCK one part or another of this road network as a result of a careless accident? DAILY and often more than once a day on more than one road.

      Randomhero6661 - 2012-03-14 11:22

      you are stupid!

  • Shaun Robinson - 2012-03-14 07:58

    I got a plan, why not just take away all the mp's travel coupons that way the money WASTED on their corrupt behaviour can be used to finance this rubbish. Or cut down their expenditure from a new X5 to something a bit smaller. Hell give me a whole day and I will come up with a whole list...

  • Makua - 2012-03-14 08:00

    I will never register for this. I already pay fuel levies, income tax, VAT and all other sorts of taxes. Go sh@ve up nomvula!

  • Zing - 2012-03-14 08:13

    How much to register as a taxi? Someone please find out and let us know. I'm sure the annual registration fee would cost less than these Gauteng goons would rip you. And it would look awesome to see every car on the highway with a taxi sign on the roof! :D

  • logical007 - 2012-03-14 08:15

    Same chance of me getting an e tag as a snowballs chance in HELL!!!!!! Lets stay of Highways and use back roads!!!!!

  • Citizen - 2012-03-14 08:18

    Take your toll road (which is only one extra lane), your e tags and your e - tolling centres and shove it up your a$$ sideways. I REFUSE to pay.

      Dianne - 2012-03-14 12:01

      I'm with you Citizen! :o) No KY jelly to be provided whilst shoving....possibly some Deep Heat!

      shaficks - 2012-03-14 12:47

      And throw in some Vicks Vaporub for good measure :)

  • Helen - 2012-03-14 08:21

    "We believe there is value for money [in the e-tolls system]." No, value for money would've been maintaining our roads with the tax money we already paid for it.

  • Lucky Manaswe - 2012-03-14 08:23

    When they say taxis are exempt, do they also include meter taxis? If so then u can buy yourself a taxi sign, join an association so u can get the papers then carry on with your normal way of life. Where there is a will, there is a . . .?

  • aldridge.roman - 2012-03-14 08:23

    Does the premier think she is buls@#$5ting the people of gauteng, where will the goverment vehicles pay for e-toll, eish this goverment hey

  • Paula - 2012-03-14 08:38

    Daylight robbery...the governments clever way of making easy money.Nomvula you Mena Moo hows about you start paying your own debts then you will know the value of our hard eraned money...You sit in your well conditioned office dedicating,smile smile flash flash but all you are is a retard...Funny enough when FW de Klerk was the president all these unforeseen expenses was managed well with what was given..we had more order more discipline...I am sorry but the ANC(aka political pimps) can only dream of coming close to such civilisation...Slowly but surely making SA the laughing stock of the world...

  • Theo - 2012-03-14 08:49

    I will gladly pay for E-toll IF they can proof to me that al the Bilj of Rands that have been stolen by corrupt officials is recovered> That monies could have paid for most of the road infrastructure improvements. That will never happen so I say NO

  • Cole - 2012-03-14 08:50

    SHOCKING - NO WAY I AM GOING TO GET E-TOLLED!!!! GET STUFFED YOU GREEDY COW - WHAT NEEDS TO BE RENOVATED IN YOUR HOUSE? SHAME ON SANRAL AND THE GOVERNMENT...!!!! NO NO WE WONT PAY

  • Darius - 2012-03-14 09:10

    NO

  • Nigel - 2012-03-14 09:10

    I visit Gauteng quite often from Botswana. Does anyone know if drivers of foreign registered cars will have to pay the tolls and how?

      Kraken - 2012-03-14 09:30

      No, since they can't send a bill to you. BUT they will create an account for your car registration plate, and this account will keep on accumulating. As soon as you move to SA, or as soon as they find a way to send you a bill.... Good luck with that

      Hugh - 2012-03-14 10:30

      They claim that there will be an temporary tag you will have to purchase before entering their cash collection zone, a pay as you go sort of crap. Stuff them, let them try bill you.

  • Kraken - 2012-03-14 09:27

    NO

  • Pieter - 2012-03-14 10:03

    How can it be "value for money" if we are forced into it. Also, how about finishing the N12 before any of this nonsense? The rural roads are in a state of shock. Boycott this nonsense!

  • Mohsin - 2012-03-14 10:22

    I AINT GETTING A ETAG!!! THEY CAN GO GET 4KD!! LIKE THIS IF U AGREE!