E-toll kiosk closures 'sign of the end'

Johannesburg - The current e-toll kiosk closures are a sign of the end, Wayne Duvenage, chair of the Opposition To Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), told Fin24 on Monday.

"It has been going on for a few months now and goes hand in hand with declining compliance levels. At this stage we estimate that fewer than 30% of vehicles using the e-tolled routes are tagged and paying for the use of these freeways," said Duvenage.

"It is this civil action taken by the vast majority of the road users that has given rise to the demise of the scheme."

Sanral indicated in 2012 that a compliance level of 93% was achievable, yet one year after the system's launch, they are at a third of that level, in his view.

"We trust that early in 2015 we will see sanity prevail on this matter as the current situation surely cannot continue. It appears that the majority of those currently paying are corporate and government fleets," said Duvenage.

Visitors to Gauteng

Visitors to Gauteng have a number of ways to pay their e-toll costs when they make use of the Gauteng e-roads, according to the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral).

“Getting an e-tag and registering will save you cash,” Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said last week.

For those that do not want to obtain an e-tag, their Vehicle licence plate number can be used as reference, to register, to make a payment or to find out what their outstanding e-toll amounts are.

Mona referred Gauteng visitors to the online customer services site, the call centre on 0800 726 725 or e-mail at info@sa-etoll.co.za.

Sanral also has e-toll customer service centres in certain malls along the Gauteng e-roads.

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