E-tolls likely before Christmas

2012-10-26 14:31

Pretoria - E-tolling of Gauteng's freeways could be a reality before Christmas in terms of timeframes announced on Friday.

Transport Minister Ben Martins said on Friday marked the beginning of the 30-day public consultation process, after cabinet agreed on revised tariffs for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

After this period, 14 days would be set aside for Martins to "apply his mind", and then another 14 days for gazetting.

This would give a total of 58 days before e-tolling was put into effect.

Martins told reporters in Pretoria on Friday: "This marks the beginning of a 30-day period for public comment.

"Government will, at the end of the 30 days, having considered the views of the public, publish final tariffs."

A lowering of tariffs was also announced on Friday.

The SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said the e-toll tariff for light vehicles with e-tags had been reduced to 30c/km.

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

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

Van Niekerk was giving a Sanral presentation on the e-toll system.

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.

This was according to the figures released by Van Niekerk.

In his presentation, Van Niekerk said about 78.5% of motorists using light motor vehicles would pay less than R100 a month, using e-tags.

About 91.3% of the same category would pay less than R200 and 96.3% would pay less than R300.

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

According to Sanral's presentation, only 0.2% would pay this amount.

Transport director general George Mahlalela said the government had made a contribution of R5.9bn to the project, which made up 25% of the total debt.

Van Niekerk said those exempted from paying e-toll fees included valid public transport vehicles and emergency vehicles.

The process would also allow for applications by motorists for exemptions.

He said an example of this would be a paraplegic person who needed to be driven around.

Martins said: "We believe... the consultation processes we have followed and that the toll tariffs and regulations that were gazetted today (Friday) for comment set the scene for compliance."

Mahlalela said all parties had been consulted except for the Congress of SA Trade Unions and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa).

Despite Friday's announcement, the court review of the e-toll system was set for November 26.


  • wayne.hardaker.3 - 2012-10-26 14:39

    Just before Christmas? Of course,our government will have to gifts after all....

  • bradley.kecskes - 2012-10-26 14:41

    Dear Santa for Christmas I need a new government.

      marc.rule - 2012-10-26 14:45

      With brains PLEASE

  • sthembiso.jali.50 - 2012-10-26 14:45

    Collecting as much as you can 4 xmas parties.

  • retlaw.yelmoc - 2012-10-26 14:46

    Send my account in the post please?

  • buti.lembe - 2012-10-26 14:50

    This is worse than rape, Ben Martins.

  • GregGow1234 - 2012-10-26 14:50

    The judicial review has not been finalised so Ben you tosser the answer is maybe.

      richard.zanner - 2012-10-26 14:55

      Maybe nothing. This will happen coz who else is going to pay for it.

      deon.louw.7505 - 2012-10-26 14:58

      They think they are above the law.

  • husstla - 2012-10-26 14:50

    they should just take their etolls and tags and toss 'em on their backsides.

  • charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-26 14:51

    For what its worth, I'm so glad I don't live in a ANC governed province, VIVA DA, ViVA Helen Zille and ViVa Western Cape!

      richard.zanner - 2012-10-26 14:57

      Nice one Charl. I am relocating to the W-Cape for that reason.

      charl.malan.12 - 2012-10-26 15:25

      @Richard Well let me take this opportunity to Welcome you to one of the Top 10 most loved cities in the world, 1st world awesomeness!

  • jaco.pretorius.560 - 2012-10-26 14:51

    I would rather dip my chips into someones leg sores before I pay etoll...

  • mart.botha - 2012-10-26 14:53

    Serious 'vote of no confidence in this government being cast right here'. I said a 'watershed moment would come which would unite the real and thinking majority in the country....,if managed correctly, this is it!!

  • richard.zanner - 2012-10-26 14:53

    Off course they wanna catch the December traffic.

  • kingswing69 - 2012-10-26 14:54

    the govt is crippling this country , they are screwing everyone over, they need this money cause the govt has stolen so much. now tolls will be put up and then food goes up. the govt is stupid

  • laurentia.hodge - 2012-10-26 14:54

    Please correct me if I'm wrong - but in order to pay less than R100 a month (which he claims 78.5% of motorists with e-tags will pay) you can only do about 16kms to work and back a day. I don't think that 78.5% of motorists live that close to work. If everybody lived that close to work nobody would even fight the toll system.

      denise.herbst.5 - 2012-10-26 15:21

      Obviously he has a small problem with multiplication, Laurentia - I drive 160kms to work and back a day and believe me when i say that a lot more then 0.2% of Joburg/Pretoria are on the road with me every day!

  • TshilidziPhuravhathu - 2012-10-26 14:58

    How about we aim for just after the end of the world? its a more sutable time switch them on plus no one will complain them...

  • glen.e.huysamer - 2012-10-26 15:00

    So the government is trying to push through the E-tolling while everybody is away on holiday. They have illegally sold South Africa's roads to foreigners, accepted money for their pockets and now trying to push through an under the table deal.... Somebody..... prove me wrong?!

  • kenpeg.dawson - 2012-10-26 15:00

    Public disobedience - WE WILL NOT PAY

  • immackenzie - 2012-10-26 15:05

    The government take enough money via tax on fuel, so why do they need to increase tax on roads. The gravy train just keeps getting hungrier and hungrier.

  • sbisschoff - 2012-10-26 15:05

    How convenient that e-tolls will be up by Xmas. Prime period for making heaps of cash from holidaying motorists! Those in Gauteng need to tell these buffoons to go to hell. We sure as heck don't need this rubbish coming to the Western Cape as well.

  • ruan.vanniekerk.754 - 2012-10-26 15:06

    What happens to people just visiting there from different cities?

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  • craig.thom.376 - 2012-10-26 15:13

    Merry Christmas!

  • erna.speed - 2012-10-26 15:17

    ? \\Apply his mind\\ ? If his mind was made out of glue - there would not be enough to let a stamp stick to an envelope!

  • profesas1 - 2012-10-26 15:24

    Go to hell mr minister, I'll only pay if u send me an xmas present

  • LeahKnott28 - 2012-10-26 15:29

    I still don't understand the point of putting all this in motion when the e-toll system still has to undergo court review starting the 26th November. What happens if the court rules against implementation of the tolls then all this additional money spent would be a complete waste again of taxpayers money. This is why in property claims for example a person's property is usually subject to an interdict or similar so they cannot do anything to it until the court has passed judgment otherwise it may prejudice the party claiming compensation or a right to that property. Surely the same logic should apply here? Or are they just that sure that the court is going to be in favour of the project, if so then we have a serious problem!!! Either way I would love to see them make people pay for this, or even better I would love to see them keep try and manage a project like this when they cannot manage simple administrative tasks. Don't be bullied into doing something that will not only prejudice you but also your family and dependants by taking food out of their mouths purely because the government cannot effectively manage the funds it already has. I know I won't be buying into this nonsense, they can take me to court for all I care.

  • chere.nienaber - 2012-10-26 15:42

    If anyone register.... you will surely open the gate to HELL... since registering gives them an open cheque to your bank account, and unfortunately, I'm sure most of us can't afford a mistaken R3000 deduction from our bank account instead of the 'cap' of R550... and who knows how long that will take to fix????? They can't even fix the daily roads I drive on in a residential area with the tax I give them, so screw them!!

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