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More than 200 000 take up e-toll accounts

2012-01-11 15:22

Johannesburg - As the commencement date of February 2012 approaches for Gauteng's tolls, about 212 906 e-toll account units have been registered by January 10, three months after the start of e-toll registration, according to the South African National Roads Agency (Sanral).

Sanral said on Wednesday that registered Gauteng e-road users who have an e-tag fitted to their vehicle would be eligible for discounts, including the 31% e-tag discount and frequent user discount.

Comments
  • Judith - 2012-01-11 16:07

    I am not buying one until I know what the real charges are

      100003352766055 - 2012-01-11 16:13

      i am not goping to register until they break the toll gates down

      100002784340719 - 2012-01-11 17:32

      I'm not buying one . . . PERIOD.

      James - 2012-01-12 09:36

      dont buy, dont pay and join any protest, whether its a march; gathering or petition. This has to be against our constitutional right to use public roads for "free" (we already pay levies for them)

  • Oupoot - 2012-01-11 16:16

    I bet this is a big fat lie designed to make people feel compelled to register. I refuse to believe that so many people enjoy so much being robbed that they even supply the thief with the keys to the vault.... catch us if you can.

  • Oupoot - 2012-01-11 16:16

    Just propaganda. No one I know who travels the highway has registered. Come February SANRAL's infrastructure will not cope with all the unreguistered users. It will be a bugger up of note.

  • Warren - 2012-01-11 16:19

    You're damn right you are

  • Oupoot - 2012-01-11 16:20

    I do not believe this, it think it is a ploy to encourage other motorists to register. I cant imagine many motorists eager to spend more more then they do, with the petrol price, taxes and high cost of living. Perhaps the ANC should have used the 100 million to fund the road instead of the party they had last weekend

  • don.odendaal - 2012-01-11 16:23

    I wonder what they are going to do when the trucks block all the on and off ramps so nobody can use the troll gates

  • Jakkalls - 2012-01-11 16:25

    Fix the "new" road surface before we pay! It's a disgrace! The tar is warping and pitted on the N1 between pretoria and Johannesburg. SANRAL get it right, and stop bleeding us for money.

      Ant - 2012-01-12 00:37

      No Jakkals, we already payed. They should fix the roads with that money. And this is the point. As Frank said: Via income tax, VAT and the fuel levy tax as well as the vehicle licence levy, motorists are already paying for the highways of South Africa. All this money do not find it way to road maintenance. And in the same way will the e-tolls if paid, not be used for road maintenance by for fancy cars. It will make no difference to us whether we pay e-tolls or not.

  • Koos - 2012-01-11 16:25

    and exactly why should i pay..... i already pay tax that is used for roads!!!!

  • kayceechick - 2012-01-11 16:29

    Im so glad there are other commentators out there who also feel this number is just a propaganda plot to con others into registering!

  • Ivym - 2012-01-11 16:52

    Like lambs to the slaughter the idiots.

  • pure.black - 2012-01-11 17:09

    I do not think it is a propaganda. Usually businesses are proactive with this type of thing, and 200 000 is reasonable enough to believe that companies have registered their fleet cars (or car hire companies). But I doubt that any individual has registered in their personal capacity.

      100000764544960 - 2012-01-11 23:43

      This is probably correct. Companies would have been quick of register, if they felt the implementation was inevitable. But I also doubt individual motorists have registered, they would be nuts to do so...

      Ant - 2012-01-12 00:13

      The 200 000 that registered are those that have already been exempted from paying e-tolls.

      Ant - 2012-01-12 00:33

      In 2003 there were about 180 000 minibus taxis in SA. Chances are that there are currently close to 200 000 that use the Gauteng highways.

  • Pieter Kunz - 2012-01-11 17:15

    There is no way in hell 200k registered. I have never seen anyone in the menlyn e toll shop or in the moving stations. A couple of weeks back SANRAL said e toll tags are slow and dont want to show te amount of registered customers... Why now?? Days before the activate the system... They wont even be able to handle the normal billing how the hell handle the unregistered massas.....

      EarthBound - 2012-01-11 22:28

      Also don't see anyone registering at our mall. I think its a figure made up to let us think there is interest. I really hope all of the rest (excluding the 200 000) stand together and do not buy e-tags. I read that SANRAL needs to sell fast otherwise they will go under. If we all unite that might just happen.

  • Morakane - 2012-01-11 17:46

    Solidarity people. We dont need to toyi toyi,we dont need to scream and shout, just boycott. There is strength in numbers! SA motorists unite!

  • 100000664541933 - 2012-01-11 18:01

    If they are giving away 31% discounts, does this not mean the price is 31% over what it should be? With the resistance to this toll, I doubt so many people have registered. This is just to fool people to register.

  • guy.mullins1 - 2012-01-11 18:14

    Perhaps government fleets have bough, but I do not believe regular citizens have been so stupid. They should be asked to reveal who the buyers are. These SANRAL people are thieves and blackguards and the kickbacks must be substantial for such blatantly dishonest manipulation to have taken place.

  • frank.hartry - 2012-01-11 18:32

    There is a time when refusal to pay is thoroughly justified. This is that time. Via income tax, VAT and the fuel levy tax as well as the vehicle licence levy, motorists are already paying for the highways of South Africa. We must follow the COSATU lead given by its leader Mr Vavi and just drive through. Stand up and be counted. Stand up for what is right. Ndebele, who pays for nothing himself, cannot have everyone arrested. By the way, once implemented, the fees will always go up and never down.

      100003066810126 - 2012-01-11 20:00

      ANYONE registering is a TRAITOR............. The 200,000 registered are probably all government and municipal workers who want to waste even more of our money.........TRAITORS......

  • DieWilleboer - 2012-01-11 21:32

    It's funny how they have more than 200 000 registered accounts, and I am yet to see ANY positive comment... I mean, somewhere one of the registered folks would have tried to rationalize the decision to register? And so far nothing....

  • Wesley - 2012-01-11 22:21

    Nothing brings SA together like the e-toll!

  • KAROOLS - 2012-01-12 06:23

    PLEASE DO NOT REGISTER............ WE HAVE TO FIGHT THIS WITHOUT HAVING TO TAKE TO THE STREETS TO RIOT, ETC. LET THESE TOL GATES BE A MONUMENT TO A GREEDY GOVERNMENT AND A DISPLAY TO THE POWER OF THE PEOPLE OF S.A. THAT IS UNITED. WE MUST FIGHT THIS FOR FOR ALL WE ARE WORTH.........

      eduardhomes - 2012-01-12 08:08

      I agree, don't register. It is one thing to build complete new roads and then charge a toll, but it is different to use existing roads and do maintenance/ upgrade on these roads.

  • AndV - 2012-01-12 08:24

    Really? It is a blatent lie we don't fall for. The system is flawed and cannot work. I noticed the stretch between Welkom and Bloem has also been hi-jacked by SANRAL and converted into a toll road with no alternative routes. This route was paid for by taxpayers long ago. How can this continue? We pa taxes that must be used for road upkeeping and maintenance.

  • Nicholas - 2012-01-12 09:10

    These same sheep are probably still complaining about the tolls, yet don't have the balls to protest against it by not registering. If they passed a law forcing people to sign their bank accounts over to Government they would probably also dutifully obey.

  • D-man - 2012-01-12 09:12

    Its just a number these idiots have made up to get ppl to sign up. They think lying to ppl will get us to register. I'm sorry but we are not as stupid as u are Minster. This E-toll is just a waste of money and unfair. The taxis should also have to pay, why should they be let off the hook? They are a menace to our roads and kill more ppl. We as taxpayers should be allowed to be excused from paying as we are already paying a heavy tax on our fuel. So please stop trying to intimidate ppl by giving false numbers. It is pathetic and so is this e-toll system

  • hilette - 2012-01-14 05:57

    I don't know what the Gauteng Population is, but this goes to show that only about 200000 of them are MORONS!!!!!!

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