E-tags go national

2012-11-07 14:14

Johannesburg - The e-tag system will be rolled out at toll plazas in provinces other than Gauteng, Sanral said on Wednesday.

"We want to use this technology at the very toll system that we... [presently] have. There is a roll-out programme within the existing programme," said SA National Roads Agency Limited's project manager Alex van Niekerk.

However, this did not mean that the e-tolling system would be rolled out to the rest of the country.

"There is no decision by government as far as what happens to other provinces," said transport department spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso.

Van Niekerk said that by using e-tags, motorists would be able to proceed smoothly through toll plazas without having to stop and physically pay. This would reduce traffic congestion at toll plazas.

He said the roll-out of the e-tag system would also not necessitate the building of gantries on all the highways, as was happening in Gauteng.

Van Niekerk said 10 000 motorists were already using e-tags at the Bakwena Toll Plaza, on the N4 between Gauteng and the north and north-western parts of the country.

He and Rikhotso were talking during a media tour of the Sanral operations centre in Midrand.


  • adrian.tyler - 2012-11-07 14:19

    3, 2, 1, GO!!!!

      maree.cassie - 2012-11-07 14:23

      Hahaha! BIG mistake!!! Now They got the whole country involved!!!! We the People say NOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!

      frank.kistler.31 - 2012-11-07 14:29

      I say....i gonna use back roads lol....

      junaid.vanderwalt - 2012-11-07 14:46

      Mr Shower is smilling wherever he is. We must do something, it's not getting out of hand :(

      pieter.calitz - 2012-11-07 14:57

      And all future contracts will be given to the ANC linked east-European consortium as they are the cheapest at only 100% of the value of the contract.

      fourhundredkg.bobbejaan - 2012-11-07 15:07

      How nice that Big Brother will be watching over us all!

      elgh.elgh - 2012-11-07 15:46

      They really think we are stupid. This is just a way to get people to buy tags, and using the excuse that it will ease congestion at toll gates other than the ones in Gauteng. Once you buy a tag you are stuffed for live as they have your details then.

      darren.raath.5 - 2012-11-07 17:27

      get stuffffffeeeeddddd!!!!! stick those tags up your poepels side ways!!!!!!!

      jody.beggs - 2012-11-07 19:13

      So much for democracy ?

      goeie.jaarling - 2012-11-07 20:30

      The ANC is going to rape the citizens of the country to death...we just cannot allow them to instate the e-toll...we must protect the stupid Africans against themselves because they do not have the ability to comprehend the effect of their actions.

      camp.j - 2012-11-08 09:50

      Bro' ETags can go global for all i care, this is one oke ain't that buying one

      camp.j - 2012-11-08 09:53

      Just to add to this article, the reason they are going national is nail visitors from other provinces. The ANC and their SANRAL cronies think Joe Public live in caves

      charlesbronson.bronson - 2012-11-08 11:52

      Zuma (e-toti) and Scamral, you are the most corrupted lying thief!!!!

  • aspruyt - 2012-11-07 14:20

    Never ever will I purchase that piece of crap.

  • gary.scande - 2012-11-07 14:20

    Another angle for corruption, that's all this is

      marc.rule - 2012-11-07 14:22

      And to pay for shower head's house.

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-07 15:11

      Agreed. They can take their etoll and shove it. Back roads for me!

  • Sheilan.Clarke - 2012-11-07 14:20

    Try your luck with the Western Cape. Go on, try!

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-11-07 18:53

      But Madam Helen has screwed you already, she puts a toll to Chapman's Peak and can I hear you saying never again. Soon she will be following with another one to V&A Waterfront and before you know it, the whole Cape Town will be tolled

      berni.venter - 2012-11-07 19:51

      @suidlander - the DA inherited the said tollgate from the ANC when they ran the WC.

      suidlander.vanwyk - 2012-11-08 07:40

      I hear you berni, after they inherited it they actually stopped that, hey. I know its now dead, no plans to toll Chapman's Peak never. you seem to actually trust these politicians hey, never ever trust those people whether DA, ANC, Democrats, they are the coins of the same side. i have stayed around the world to know better

  • kaven.huang.50 - 2012-11-07 14:20

    Lets see another of their plans fail and fall to the ground!

  • osmaseko - 2012-11-07 14:21

    Yippppieeeeeeee we get what we voted for

  • hjkavdkah - 2012-11-07 14:21

    MY dog ate my E-Toll tag, must have thought it was E-POLL

      marc.rule - 2012-11-07 14:25

      poor dog!you will be charged for every fart........

      arthur.hugh - 2012-11-07 15:12

      So it's not an etag anymore, it's an ewag?

      ashley.stroebel - 2012-11-07 19:56

      Just take your dog along for every trip LOL...If they ask see you e tag.... Show them the dogs ass and let them look for it....:-)

      sharon.erwin.96 - 2012-11-07 21:02

      @ Ashley, maybe everyone should follow the dog's lead!!!

      wendy.burrows.71 - 2012-11-08 09:29

      no self respecting dog would eat an e-tag

      clivegoss - 2012-11-08 12:18

      Yup this is the chirp I mean bark bark

  • Clive.D.Buckley - 2012-11-07 14:21

    Now that is a big surprise.... NOT!

  • herman.booysen2 - 2012-11-07 14:24

    Yes I know all about the N4 Bakwena, and we are still waiting for proper roads to drive on while the rest of Gauteng were upgraded already , but we are the only ones paying e-toll. So it does not mean e-toll will be used for the infrastructure upgrade and maintenance.

      herman.booysen2 - 2012-11-07 14:26

      I must say it would be nice if I can only use one e-tag to pay for all intra city toll over the country. Inter city toll like we facing in Gauteng I'm against.

  • cecilia.vanderwesthuizen.5 - 2012-11-07 14:24

    I see a bulldozer vs toll-gates war on the way.and besides this stupid idee of yours are going to cost the jobs of the people at the toll-gates. Ever thought of that? I bet you didn't.

      karel.dutoit.50 - 2012-11-07 14:37

      Have you ever thought that if all criminals are off the street the police will be out of jobs? no more work for the private security companies. Ever thought of that? So stop complaining about crime!

      cecilia.vanderwesthuizen.5 - 2012-11-07 14:53

      Lol just remenber that police and security are also big criminals these days. Just the other day security broke into my stephsister's house. They were caught in the act. So much for police or security. Not all of them are like that I know but they are out there creating their own crime.

      ashne.segal - 2012-11-07 16:18

      Who cares about the people at the toll-gates - the Governments should have thought about that first!

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-11-07 14:25

    The more to complain the better. Mass action in the making.

  • vaughan.lund - 2012-11-07 14:25

    Smart move. If I read between the lines, to be able to drive to Durban you will have to have an eTag which means the resistance to Gauteng eToll will slowly disappear.

      herman.booysen2 - 2012-11-07 14:29

      yip it will mean all people in the country will have to have one, lowering the admin burden with the registering method when visiting Gauteng. Infact it will become none existent

      daniel.couzens.58 - 2012-11-07 17:06

      I don't believe so, if they truly bring through the eTag system, they will see thousands of motorists simply driving under the camera with no regard to whether they have a little magnetic chip on their dashboard or not.. how will they control the 1000's of vehicles on our countless roads without number plates, with illegally tinted windows and the like.. I lived in Dubai, where the eTag system works very well due to the strict police force, masses of intelligence funding with data records on every person in the country and long straight roads with hundreds of high def camera's capturing your every move.. meanwhile back in the third world.. I'm sorry if there is no boom, I drive on through!

  • qhuggett - 2012-11-07 14:26

    Lol cause they still think we gonna pay in Gauteng. Idiots

  • godfrey.welman - 2012-11-07 14:27

    No amount of spinnig will change our minds. Ring-fence Petrol Tax, Drivers and Vehicle Licences, Vehicle Registration and all other Govt collections paid my us for having and driving a car, for road improvements and new roads.

  • pjbadenhorst - 2012-11-07 14:28

    Now, the other provinces are starting to worry. Back when we needed their support most comments from people living outside Gauteng was to the tone of, it's their problem so who cares. Well, here we are. E-toll is arriving near you soon.

      godfrey.welman - 2012-11-07 14:33

      No true, I have been supporting the motorise all the way, remeber this comment "Dont buy e-tags, dont buy"

      graham.brown.129357 - 2012-11-07 15:51

      Hey Badenhorst Don't talk Bullsh#t

  • sandy.sutherland.58 - 2012-11-07 14:30

    GREED GREED AND MORE GREED - ANC = GREED like no other country has seen before

  • theo.joubert.37 - 2012-11-07 14:30

    That is very good news. Then we will be able to boycott the entire toll system. Never pay to use any road in SA again. Since the levy I pay on Fuel already paid for the roads.

  • karel.dutoit.50 - 2012-11-07 14:31

    Get trucks and pull these gantries over! Get lost SANRAL We are and have paid for all the roads through petrol levies we the user have paid and still are paying. But we will NEVER pay a cent to you as SANRAL!

      flysouth - 2012-11-07 17:31

      Karel - I am waiting to read the new reports of something like that happening - alternatively maybe those ATM bombers may use their explosives in a more socially-acceptable way! LOL!

  • klipkop.degroote - 2012-11-07 14:31

    no thanks, stop and pay or alternative route. Surprise bills not my thing.

  • John - 2012-11-07 14:32

    The stepping stones approach by the CORPORATIONS!! This is the thin end of the wedge! I will REGISTER for NOTHING. This bull is so WE can be forced into CONTRACTING with CORPORATE thugs. DO NOT COOPERATE. Withold your CONSENT to CONTRACT!

  • Don.Tandy - 2012-11-07 14:32

    The best/easiest way to cause this corrupt system to fail is NOT to buy an e-tag. There is no way on earth that the system on Gauteng roads can work without e-tags, hence the intimidation from the authorities to try and coerce us to buy e-tags. So the answer is - DO NOTHING.

  • John - 2012-11-07 14:38

    Take note that SANRAL is a CORPORATION that needs your CONSENT to CONTRACT! Do NOT register. That is your AGREEMENT to CONTRACT. YOU cannot be forced to CONTRACT and these thugs know it!!

  • ntsieni.sadiki - 2012-11-07 14:41

    This will compromise lot of job oppotunity especially to the most needy community since this will automatically reduces the job oppotunities.

  • tracy.dormehl.9 - 2012-11-07 14:41

    Oh ...FOX how can they do this, hell no!!!!!!! How can it be allowed! this is wrong in so many ways! The filth has hit the fan... we're all going to die in vain! Now these guys will think they can just walk all over us and we'll be simple doormats ... they are wrong

  • Simpie Mxo - 2012-11-07 14:41

    That means more job loses 4 the people working there !

  • gary.desousa.7 - 2012-11-07 14:43

    What happened to the 30 days to comment in gauteng and only then for the gov to decide?? There is no decision by government as far as what happens to other provinces," said transport department spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso but there is here?? Hypocrits

  • henk.venter.754 - 2012-11-07 14:49

    se moer!!

      carol.brand.5030 - 2012-11-07 16:05

      exactly! se ma se purse!

      vicki.malatse - 2012-11-07 19:54

      Easy Venter youl have a heart attack,just ignore them,their too lazy,they won't track you down

  • indi.fusion.9 - 2012-11-07 14:49

    So if Sanral implements this at all current tolls, what happens to the staff that are collecting money at the toll booths. So i guess all those people will be unemployed. Instead creating jobs Sanral and this Showerhead goverment are creating more unemployement. Nice one Sanral and goverment

  • chienbien - 2012-11-07 14:51

    Now they pushing it too far!

  • pieter.calitz - 2012-11-07 14:54

    Cheap-cheap..only 100% increase.

  • bill.vanzyl - 2012-11-07 15:01

    How in the name of all that is good and holy are you going to make this work? The proposed Gauteng system is already posing huge administrative problems - some 300 000 vehicles per day will have to be traced and taxed because they do not have e-tags, and now you want to go national? How are you going to get the hundreds of thousands of vehicles is the country areas.... Oh never mind......... We cannot even get a national vehicle register to function. Pie in the sky. (And some self-renrichment along the way.)

  • johan.harlaar.9 - 2012-11-07 15:02

    I think the Isiyoka must find way to steel the cables from the toll gates. They will in time.

  • brendan.vogt.1 - 2012-11-07 15:04

    No E-Tags for me,,,,,,,,, ,,,"..Cash Is King.."

  • robert.p.gemmell - 2012-11-07 15:05

    so he government once again spends money on soemthing that will not get supported or paid back for. i wonder whose pocket they are making bigger with this crap

  • sivuyile.mqingwana.3 - 2012-11-07 15:06

    Well done SANRAL! Job creation at its best. Current employees at Tolls will be replaced by an e-Tag system.

  • theMichaelHawthorne - 2012-11-07 15:10

    How many toll booth attendants will be out of work?

  • snow.maleka - 2012-11-07 15:14

    Etags go national.So what?

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  • bart.mitchell.393 - 2012-11-07 15:15

    And did anyone notice the new scrap tyre levy that came into effect on 1 November......? More money out of my pocket to support Nkandla !

  • eyesears.handsfeet - 2012-11-07 15:15

    They are going to force good people to turn into criminals!

  • Michael - 2012-11-07 15:16

    KMA(Kiss My Ass) SANRAL!

  • AmosMoledi - 2012-11-07 15:17

    The unemployment rate to soar

  • phaldiemeyer - 2012-11-07 15:19

    Please South Africans I beg of you...please don't register for through e-tag! Why don't all motorists start an association that will actually fight on our behalf. We, all motorists can donate a R20 to get lawyers to fight our case. We got a good case because double taxation is illegal!!! Please say no to toll roads, enough is enough!!!

      carol.brand.5030 - 2012-11-07 16:09

      yes like the commuters who stood up against MetroRail in Cape Town.

  • gerhard.minnaar.716 - 2012-11-07 15:21

    E-Poef ek in my broek!!!

  • thando.mashinini.739 - 2012-11-07 15:24

    Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar!

      dewalds3 - 2012-11-07 15:34

      Give it to him, Brutus!!!

      Billy - 2012-11-08 15:02

      whats that? a knife in the back?

  • toofaan.monsoon - 2012-11-07 15:29

    This may be a silly question, but does anyone know if it's rolled out to existing tolls, don't the Taxis need to register too because they currently pay toll fees ?

  • thepatrickwinter - 2012-11-07 15:40

    Op Op Gangnam style

  • christo.pienaar.54 - 2012-11-07 15:40

    Just how big an idiot does this idiot think we are? By an e-tag for Limpopo and pay for Gauteng roads when we travel through. No way!

  • Shaun.xexo - 2012-11-07 15:57

    Well after much thought and some deep insight of my fellow South Africans, please allow us Sanral dear fellow, to present you with our rebuttal.... Go F*** yourself with a cactus!!!

      jan.v.vuuren - 2012-11-07 17:58

      Poor cactus....

  • coontly - 2012-11-07 16:02

    No thanks I choose not to.

  • khaedu - 2012-11-07 16:09

    I think these will force e tags contracts onto new cars purchased as well, watch the space

      jan.v.vuuren - 2012-11-07 16:26

      buy a second hand 1.....

      nit.wit.79 - 2012-11-07 16:44

      That would no surprise me at all. It's just a matter of pushing through some new legislation. The same can be done for second hand vehicles. No transfer of ownership without an e-tag being fitted.

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