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Sanral lowers toll fees

Oct 26 2012 12:19 Sapa
Toll, e-toll

An e-toll gantry on the N1 South in Johannesburg. (Sapa)

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Pretoria - The Gauteng e-toll system will be implemented, Transport Minister Ben Martins said on Friday.

"Cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday... decided that Sanral should proceed with the implementation of e-tolling," Martins told reporters in Pretoria.

"Today, the department of transport gazetted the toll tariffs and regulations for public comment."

Martins said that at the end of the 30 days, after government had considered the public's views, the final tariffs would be published.

Tariffs

The e-toll tariff for light vehicles with e-tags has been reduced to 30c/km, Sanral said.

This was down from the 40c/km decided on last year, Sanral toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk said.

The base tariff for light vehicles would remain at 58c/km.

Van Niekerk was giving a SA National Roads Agency Limited presentation on the Gauteng highway e-toll system.

Part of the presentation was the tariff history.

He said the e-tag tariff for motorcycles had been dropped from 24c/km to 18c/km, for medium heavy vehicles (Class B) from R1/km to 75c/km, and heavy vehicles (Class C) from R2/km to R1.50/km.

Transport Minister Ben Martins said government had proposed that toll fees for e-tag users be capped at R550 a month for light vehicles.

Van Niekerk said only about 0.2% of Gauteng road users would pay the e-toll cap.

About 78.5% of motorists using the freeway were expected to pay less than R100 a month, using e-tags, he said.

About 91.3% would pay less than R200 and 96.3% would pay less than R300.


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