E-tolls to cost R200 for most motorists

Ninety percent of motorists travelling on Gauteng roads will pay less than R200 a month on e-tolling, the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) has said.

“Travelling on Gauteng’s roads when e-tolling has been implemented in two months’ time will cost motorists considerably less than is generally assumed,” spokesman Vusi Mona said today.

“We know this because we have tracked actual usage by 2.5 million vehicles on the Gauteng e-roads.”

Less than one percent of road users will pay the maximum of R550 per month.

But motorists would need to have an e-tag for this.

Mona said so far there had been 600 000 e-tag registrations.

The roads agency announced e-tolling would begin in the next two months.

The lower charges were as a result of the increase of the debt repayment period, and the R5.7 billion contribution by National Treasury.

“Tariffs have been substantially reduced. For example, the initial proposal for light motor vehicles, equipped with an e-tag, was 50c/km but is now only 30c/km – a 40% reduction,” Mona said.

“Trucks and heavy vehicles will pay only R1.50/km, instead of the initially-proposed R2.97.”

E-tagged motorcyclists will pay 18c/km.

Earlier today AfriForum said its staff would not register for e-tags and urged Gauteng residents to do the same.

“Personnel and representatives of the organisation will not register for the proposed e-toll system, and the civil rights organisation encourages the public to do the same,” AfriForum deputy CEO Ernst Roets said in a statement.

Sanral would be forced to rethink the cost-effectiveness of the e-toll system if enough motorists refused to register for it, he said.

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