e-tolls add pinch to festive season holidays

2013-10-18 08:26
Johannesburg - Road Agency Sanral says motorists visiting Gauteng during the coming festive season should budget for more than just petrol and accommodation.

Visitors to the Gauteng are being advised to register for an e-tag either by calling its toll free number 0800 726 725 or by visiting its website Sanral.co.za.

If you do not have an e-tag, you can register for an e-toll account via SMS by sending your Licence Plate Number to 44004 , otherwise it would be best to buy a day pass.

For those without internet access a, visitor day passes will be sold at retailers, including Shoprite, Pick n Pay and Spar.

A day pass will be activated when a vehicle passes through the first gantry and it can then pass through as many gantries on a Gauteng e-road as needed in a 24-hour period.

Estimated day pass costs:
-  R30 for Class A1 s (motorbikes)
- R50 for Class A2 (light vehicles)
- R125 Class B (Class B )
- R250 Class C (large heavy)

Following are the proposed toll tariffs per kilometre according to the Government Gazette - these have been open for public comment for a period of 30 days until 8 November.

Class A1 (motorcycles): 35c/km standard, 18c/km e-Tagged
Class A2 (light vehicles): 58c/km standard, 30c/km e-Tagged
Class B (medium heavy): 145c/km standard, 75c/km e-Tagged
Class C (large heavy): 290c/km standard, 150c/km e-Tagged

Those renting a car over this period could see daily car hire rates hiked by an estimated 10%. These charges will be added into the overall car-rental bill and you can expect the deposit for certain companies to increase as well.

Dawn Nathan-Jones, CEO of Europcar said,"We have made a considerable investment in time, funds and resources to contain the costs to customers."

"To achieve this and to pass on tagged rates, Europcar has created integrated systems with SANRAL and tagged its entire fleet, not just Gauteng-based vehicles, to reflect customer travel patterns."

"Europcar will bill their customers the gazetted fee per toll gantry passed plus an administration fee per gantry. These fees will be included on the customer’s rental invoice to avoid multiple invoices per transaction, " Said Nathan-Jones.

Due to the SANRAL processing and a required transaction validation period, customers could expect billing to be delayed by an additional 24 hours.

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