E-tolls alternative routes

2013-11-27 09:55
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(Picture: Sapa)

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The disdain for the proposed e-tolls has done more to unite South Africans than any political party could hope to achieve.

The controversial system, set to charge people via an e-tag that electronically identifies the number plates of vehicles that drive under 49 gantries across Gauteng highways, was signed into law on 25 September.

It is set to come into effect on 3 December but a last-minute application to stop the bill has been lodge by the Freedom Front and the interdict will be heard in the High Court on 2 December.

As the festive season rolls round and everybody gets ready to hit the long road – the question being asked is how is this going to affect me, if at all?

The simple answer is only if you are travelling in and around Gauteng highways or hiring a car from OR Tambo and road tripping to your chosen destination.

If all goes ahead as planned, holidaymakers can expect car hire rates to spike by an estimated 10%.

Regular users of the gantries can expect to pay between R400 and R800 a month – which is meant to pay for the R20 billion highway upgrade program recently completed in the province.

Road users can look at alternative routes - but ultimately it may just be easier to suck-up the costs if implemented, especially if you are unfamiliar with the area you’re travelling in.

Alternative routes?

The Gauteng department of transport unveiled a revamped road network that could serve as an alternative to the toll routes, showcasing the M57 that connects Ekurhuleni to Pretoria. An estimated R50 million has been set aside to re-surface and widen this provincial road that runs parallel to the R21. The dual-carriageway R55, between Johannesburg and Pretoria, is also in the process of being upgraded.

The single-lane old Pretoria Road has been suggested as an alternative when travelling from Johannesburg to Pretoria – however an IOL report suggested this road is already quite congested. 

Road users travelling from Soweto to Sandton would mainly be affected by N12 gantries and alternative suggestions include using the Golden Highway off-ramp via Xavier to Booysens. Otherwise travellers could head via Empire road onto the M1 to re-join the highway for the Sandton route.

Expected costs?
Following are the proposed SANRAL e-toll tariffs per kilometre according to the Government Gazette for the e-tag holders as opposed to full price

- 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

Following are the toll rates across the rest of South Africa - effective since March 2013 (Source - AA)

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