E-TOLLS: The battle continues

By Kirstin Buick
07 June 2013

Sanral’s introduction of open road tolls (ORTs) on Gauteng roads has sparked widespread protests.

Sanral’s introduction of open road tolls (ORTs) on Gauteng roads has sparked widespread protests, with ordinary citizens and various parties such as Cosatu and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) opposing the move.

Just a week ago Cosatu embarked on a go-slow on the city’s highways and on Wednesday citizens’ rights group Outa announced it needed R1 million to take the matter to the Supreme Court of Appeal. By last night it had received half a million rand in donations from ordinary citizens and corporates, and an additional R1 million donation was made by the Democratic Alliance (DA) this morning. “The response has simply been overwhelming,” said Outa chairman Wayne Duvenage.

The e-tag process starts with registering for an e-toll account and having an e-tag fitted to your car’s windscreen, after which toll fees are automatically deducted as you pass beneath a toll gantry. Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mana says depending on your usage you might pay anything between R100 and the maximum cap of R450 monthly.

“The high court dismissed the application and parliament passed the bill; e-tolling will go ahead,” Mana said.

To prepare for the worst, consider these tips below

  • Join a lift club.
  • Use the Gautrain or other public transport systems.
  • Plan your route in advance to avoid some tolls.
  • Relocate.

- Koketso Mashika

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