Protesting electronic tolling. (Sapa) ~ SAPA
Cape Town - The majority of registered motorists will pay a monthly fee of only R100 to use Gauteng freeways, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said in a statement.
It was responding to what it terms the release of "incorrect figures".
Initial calculations were done over a two-month period, but actual data from Sanral's toll collection system revealed more accurate figures, the agency stated.
About 4 700 road users of the Gauteng Road Improvement Project will pay the maximum cost of up to R450 a month.
"If you are one of those paying the maximum amount, you will have travelled through 301 gantries and done an average of 2 760 km during the month on the e-tolled roads," Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona was quoted as saying by SAnews
He said the costs will be almost double for those who do not have an e-tag.
According to Sanral’s plate recognition, motorists will pay the following:
* 83% will pay less than R100,
* 10% will pay R101-R200,
* 2% will pay R201-R300 and
* 0.59% will pay R300-R450.
Tolling was supposed to begin in April 2011, but at least three proposed starting dates have failed to materialise.
Tariffs have also been cut twice since legal battles about the issue started and further cuts
were reported to be on the cards.
However, the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance said at the time that the public won't be fooled
by reduced e-toll tariffs.