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E-tag holders to gain from toll discounts

2012-02-23 11:24

Cape Town - Cabinet provided further details on Thursday of the new toll fees related to the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

Briefing the media following cabinet's fortnightly Wednesday meeting, government spokesperson Jimmy Manyi said the executive had approved reductions in tariffs for vehicles with e-tags.

With effect from April 30, motorcycles with e-tags would pay 20c a kilometre and those without, 38c.

Light motor vehicles would pay 30c and 58c respectively, and non-articulated trucks 75c and R1.45.

Articulated trucks with e-tags would pay R1.51 a kilometre and those without R2.90.

Manyi said these reductions were made possible by a once-off contribution of R5.8bn via the fiscus to the SA National Roads Agency Limited.

The new fee system also ensured that the cost for motorcycles and light vehicles would be capped at R550 a month.

"Time of the day" savings of 20% for heavy vehicles would help deal with the freight industry's concerns, he said.

"This allows for lower toll fees for off peak times to reduce congestion during peak hours and reduce the economic impact of the toll fees for consumers."

Commuter public transport - taxis and buses - remained exempt from the toll fees.

The cabinet had also confirmed the user pay principle.

This would be the norm in future and South Africans "must get used to it".

"This will be the name of the game," Manyi said.

Comments
  • Alan - 2012-02-23 12:34

    Don’t buy e-tags. I am not going to let anybody deduct money from my account without proof of service. I will insist that Sanral POST all photographs of my car (with my numberplates) going through the toll gates. They cannot email them because my spam blocker won’t allow them. Then if they can get that right then maybe I will pay.

  • baudoux1 - 2012-02-23 13:08

    Tired of sponsoring the ANC Bandits!

  • Irene - 2012-02-23 16:02

    Jimmy and your bunch of ANC thieves, one word: Swivel. WE WILL NOT PAY! ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! And if you're not careful we will also STOP PAYING TAX!

  • pgibbings1 - 2012-02-23 17:08

    and the user of petrol (where fuel levy is about R2)?

  • peter.norma - 2012-02-25 12:01

    Of course they want everyone to buy e-tags, because they know that the system can never cope with having to invoice individual drivers. People, this is their Achilles heel. If we all stand together and refuse to buy e-tags and, as Alan rightly says, we demand photos to prove that we went through a particular toll plaza, the system will soon collapse.

  • Edward - 2012-02-26 18:36

    lets join the toi-toi on 7 march. stand up to these blatant robbery by the corrupt anc goverment.

  • QuentinJackie - 2012-02-28 21:17

    I pay tax on food petrol my salary on my vehicle ect. So why pay for toll fees and the roads arent that good anyway and why dont taxis have to pay thy are road users just like me and thy make money out of it also,so why pay if thy dont have too...... Thanks but no thanks i will not pay the toll fees!!!!!

  • Rick - 2012-03-09 06:40

    I saw a figure of R1 fuel levy would be required to cover the Gauteng toll fees. This is absurd unless you would like to pay the roads off in 6 months. This is a greed factor instituted by a few hoping to become mega rich out of taxing the people to death. As I previously stated when we get to the situation where your taxable income exceds the earnings the economy collapses as has happened in the rest of Africa. With these taxes we are heading down the rubes fast to becoming a second Zimbabwe clown economy. Whatever happened to the constitutional requirement that there ust be an alternative route before a Toll road can be instituted. Whatever is the Messina farmer going to do when he has to come to Pretoria to attend to matters with the taxman. Does he first have to buy an etag before he can travel in his country which he is being taxed out of this world and is recieving no services for

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