N4 toll fees go up

2008-02-25 16:12

Nelspruit - Toll fees along the N4 toll road from Gauteng to the Nkomazi toll gate in Mpumalanga have gone up by 6.9% from R130.00 per roundtrip to R139.00 for cars.

For extra heavy duty trucks, the fees have gone up by 8.2% from R617.00 for a roundtrip to R668.00.

Transport minister Jeff Radebe has approved the new tariffs, which take effect on March 1.

"Roads are the backbone of our country's economy," said Nazir Alli, chief executive officer of South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), which set the new tariffs.

"Toll financing allows government to add new highways or additional lanes that cannot otherwise be funded under current and projected transportation budget scenarios," he explained.

He said toll fees around the country would be going up and that the increases were in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI).

In Mpumalanga, it will now cost motorists in light vehicles R20 at the Diamond Hill toll plaza outside Pretoria, R33 at the Middelburg toll plaza, R49 at the Machado toll plaza near Machadodorp and R37 at the Nkomazi toll gate near Malalane.

The drivers of extra heavy duty trucks will pay R86 at Diamond Hill, R142 at Middelburg, R283 at Machado and R157 at Nkomazi.