Johannesburg - Motorists do not have to buy e-tags to use
Gauteng's toll roads, but it makes economic sense to do so, Treasury director
general Lungisa Fuzile said on Friday.
"Whilst it makes economic sense from the individual
road user's point of view to buy the e-tags to save, you don't have to have a
tag to use the road," he said at the Reuters economist of the year
business briefing in Johannesburg.
"Therefore Sanral (the SA National Roads Agency
Limited) does not need you to have a tag in order to track the person down and
deliver the bill relating to the use of the road," he said.
Motorists will have to pay to use major highways around Johannesburg
and Tshwane from April 30, with payment through an automated number-plate
A recent march by the Congress of SA Trade Unions
highlighted opposition to the tolls, with many motorists threatening not to
Asked whether the Treasury had a contingency plan, Fuzile
said road users were getting a good deal.
The roads were good and, at last check, around 200 000
people had registered for an e-tag.
"We are convinced that this is actually a good deal,
and therefore it doesn't require a contingency. Plan A is Plan B and vice
It was cheaper for both Sanral and the road user to get a
Payment options for the tolls include having fees deducted
from credit card accounts, with top-up thresholds set by account holders, or by
pre-paying and topping up e-tags.
Visitors could register for day passes and unregistered
users would be invoiced with a due date for payment.