Minister: Motorists without e-tags will pay double

Minister: Motorists without e-tags will pay double

2013-11-20 11:50

Pretoria - Motorists without e-tags would pay double the amount and would not benefit from discounts, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Wednesday when she announced that e-tollls in Gauteng will go live on December 3.

"Sanral should be allowed to start collecting toll fees in order to begin to repay the debt incurred when the roads were upgraded," she told reporters in Pretoria.

"We cannot afford to continue to expose Sanral's portfolio to any further financial risks..."

Peters said systems were in place to ensure the system functioned and the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral) was capable of this responsibility.

Electronic tolling would contribute to the fight against licence plate cloning and would reduce congestion, she said.

Sanral CEO Nazir Alli said a debt collection process had been started and motorists would receive a bill every seven days. If they repeatedly failed to pay, a summons would be sent.

He said people were under the impression that government vehicles were exempt from e-tolling.

"Government-owned vehicles are not exempted," he said.

Peters said since the first phase of the project had been completed, Gauteng motorists had enjoyed the convenience of driving on world-class highways.

"The roads [are] truly magnificent."

She said three-lane roads were expanded to five and six lanes. A "high-tech" travel demand system was introduced to ensure constant monitoring of traffic on the e-tolled road network.

"The system ensures that officials manning traffic flows from the operations centre in Samrand are able to pick up incidents such as car breakdowns and crashes as and when they occur," she said.

Sanral had introduced the "golden hour" service where emergency vehicles located at various spots on the highways were ready to respond to incidents.

"This assists in preventing traffic jams and secondary crashes."

Peters said Sanral had to approach the markets to raise at least R20 billion to implement the upgrades.

"This was due to the inadequacy of resources to respond to what was becoming a ticking time bomb waiting to explode," she said.

"The ever-growing congestion on the highways... was reaching crisis proportions."

Business had expressed concerns about the impact on business.

"We have learnt many lessons from this project, one of them being that it will take some time to reverse the legacy of colonialism and apartheid planning," said Peters.

"Apartheid spatial planning never envisaged a situation where Gauteng would be as populated as it is today, mainly due to the influx of people from different provinces for economic reasons."

She said government had made several concessions to minimise the financial burden on the e-tolled road network.

  • Neill Le Roux - 2013-11-20 11:56

    Take my e-toll money out of the R30Bil government stole

      Martin Pienaar - 2013-11-20 12:12

      I've stopped UIF for my Domestic worker after only one yearas they couldn't supply me with a detailed account of when andhow much I've paid. Refuse throwing money into that deep pit where no one knows where it is going!

      Charles Everley - 2013-11-20 13:03


      Don Tandy - 2013-11-20 13:09

      @berale - playing the race card is out-dated, moronic and insulting to your own intelligence. Grow up and get a life.

      Thandi Cele - 2013-11-20 13:13

      berale - are you for real?

      Michelle Le Roux - 2013-11-20 13:16

      Berale, where did you come up with this nonsense? Why don't you comment on the article, instead of posting a page from your diary? None of the points you mentioned have any substance, it's pure rubbish. "The typical white family owns 20 times the net worth of the typical black family", could that be because black couples start having kids as soon as they hit puberty, whereas the typical white family are (a) much older when they start having kids, and (b) have fewer kids? You are not comparing apples with apples, obviously if a "typical" white family has a couple of their mid-thirties and a "typical" black family has a couple of early 20s (if that!), the 2 household incomes won't be the same. At 17 you will obviously earn less than someone at 40, never mind the race. The white population is getting older on average, whereas the black population is getting younger (see StatsSA), that's all there is to it. I can go down the list, but frankly you are not worth my bandwidth.

      Thandi Cele - 2013-11-20 13:26

      berale - observe the thumbs, then consider whether your desperate utterances are being heard.

      Lara Baigrie - 2013-11-20 13:29

      Berale did you copy and paste this nonsense from other news24 article comments forums. It's quite repetitive, unoriginal and not to mention factually misstated! Please stop trying to stir up trouble and divide the people of South Africa between racial lines. We have enough of that already! Why don't you rather focus your energies and finding a way in which this nation can't heal properly and then unite for a common cause such as the ensuring equality and a quality way of life for ALL people in this country. On this particular forum we have found a common ground and here you are trying to start trouble where there is no really no need! This is distasteful!

      Luke Petzwinkler - 2013-11-20 14:23

      Berale Unstegu - are n't you the same comedian who said plasters are the color tone of white skins - I love you man you rock - U have to make a movie - write a book like you did above - awesome - have you any jokes on e-toll? You know the topic on hand? Love your stuff - ha ha ha ha

      Luke Petzwinkler - 2013-11-20 14:27

      Berale Unstegu - here's one for you - you're so full of hate your brian is rubber - Good year called and are interested in the formula ?? What u think - good year - rubber - hate - e-toll - see how it works brother? checks in the mail - love your stuff!

      Luke Petzwinkler - 2013-11-20 14:30

      Berale Unstegu - on the other hand - you have different fingers .... ????

      Janine Nortje - 2013-11-20 14:54

      @Berale...seriously...are you for real? I am absolutely stunned!! Are your truly that uneducated? Fool.

      Eterni80 - 2013-11-21 11:35

      more like half a trillion being an ANC member mean you automatically become a state sponsored millionaire

  • Paul Stanley - 2013-11-20 11:56

    I don't care what you threaten me or anyone else with....I wont pay, finished and klar.

      Chez Kri - 2013-11-20 12:31

      Yes and now they try to bully me too. I will bully back when I vote Agang next year.

      sunblock - 2013-11-21 11:43

      don't buy one guys. Kwaaa!!

  • Philip Darne - 2013-11-20 11:58

    Mrs Minister, What part of F$%CK OFF do you not understand!

      Piet Pieterse - 2013-11-20 12:03

      Has anyone driven on the R21 south lately? The road is already starting to crack and there are many patches where they lifted the surface and replaced it. My question is, are the roads under warrantee or are we paying for the repairs. Did we (SA) buy a substandard product at inflated prices? How can thye call it world class roads when it is already falling appart

      Mario Meyer - 2013-11-20 17:36

      Yes drovwe on the R21 Yesterday... Nearly lost a wheel!!

      Paul Kirsten - 2013-11-20 21:36

      And on top of that the north-south lane was already rebuild almost completely just after it was delivered in 2010.

  • Lil Boxing Coach - 2013-11-20 12:00

    Oh really? Pay double? How about you get from me. Not buying etag!!

      Martin Pienaar - 2013-11-20 12:05

      Yebo Yes. Double of 'Nothing'... Is STILL NOTHING!!!

  • Futtom Fluffy - 2013-11-20 12:00

    You already have our tax money. Use that.

      Wade Suster - 2013-11-20 12:17

      But they use that on fancy cars and houses.

  • Marthin Bekker - 2013-11-20 12:00

    I'll wait for my summons... just like the other 2.5 Million Gauteng road users! Wonder how the courts are going to cope with this...Whahahaha..

      Quintin Snell - 2013-11-20 12:10

      don't forget the special courts for e-toll non payment that they have wasted even more money on setting up. Don't worry about actual crime, lets set up courts for toll fees, a much softer target. It makes me embarrassed to be a South African.

      Mahlatse Motswege - 2013-11-20 14:26

      State will catch you alone,not 2.5 million.They can use you as example.You R going to be alone.

      Jacques Nisbet - 2013-11-20 15:28

      Mahlatse let me guess you work for SANdeRAILed

      Shaun Baba Ngxokela - 2013-11-22 09:52

      @ Mahlatse, what example is there to make? When will they do that next year? bt anyway u make me laugh yerr!

  • Robert Sheasby - 2013-11-20 12:00

    Government vehicles will use our tax money to pay their toll fees anyway. Im not repaying any debt unless you put a gun to my head! Ask Zuma to bail you out by selling his upgraded property, he has loads of cash!!

  • Diane Edwards - 2013-11-20 12:00

    World class highways, magnificent roads, extended to six lanes so that we are jammed liked sardines on the highway ROFLMAO...... get a life women, you trying to sell this pathetic idea to yourself!!! Aint paying!

      Martin Pearce - 2013-11-21 17:34

      just let her blue light brigade SUV get stuck in that jam.

  • Craig Keylock - 2013-11-20 12:01

    No problem.... double of NOTHING is NOTHING!!!!

  • Christo De Bruyn - 2013-11-20 12:01

    Yup, it's Apartheid's fault. and the anc could not have foreseen this 20 years ago???

      Renee Marais - 2013-11-20 12:35

      Hoor hoor

      Vaughan - 2013-11-20 13:16

      The sad part is, the Apartheid government did foresee the growth, had planned additional highways between Joburg and Pretoria, including the much needed PWV 9, had purchased the land. The ANC subsequently scrapped all these plans and now went with the absolutely most expensive route, add lanes to existing roads which are proven not to solve transport problems and not to improve economic growth. And now they straight face lie about it. I don't think you can get lower than an ANC politician.

  • Sumaya Jadwat - 2013-11-20 12:01

    Minister Dipuo Peters please explain why we are we paying for all 6 lanes? If 2 or three lanes were added surely those lanes should be tolled. I have paid my taxed which is used in infrastructure. ANC will lose a lot of votes in the next election because they are just increasing cost of living.

      Terence Cluttey - 2013-11-20 13:53

      We can only hope

  • Thomas Robbertse - 2013-11-20 12:01

    ...double or just nothing at all!!!

  • La Razza Loca - 2013-11-20 12:01

    I'm not buying the e-tag and certainly not going to pay double.They can do whatever they see fit,I'm not bagging.

  • Vambozha Mutemi Wadzo - 2013-11-20 12:02

    She knows what she was saying was gibberish and had to wear headphones so she cant hear it...probably listening to Mandoza

  • David Taylor - 2013-11-20 12:02

    Motorists without e-tags will laugh double

  • Brutus Roy - 2013-11-20 12:02

    Yes like the ANC apartheid government that cannot plan anything, especially road maintenance and electricity supply.

      Terence Cluttey - 2013-11-20 13:54

      Yeah i'd like to see how they plan to send over a million summonses and plan all those court cases

  • Blane Blandon - 2013-11-20 12:03

    Eskom didnt figure that so many of its customers would be pirate , now we must all pay for the anc stupidity

  • Martin Pienaar - 2013-11-20 12:03

    Guess they need Christmas Bonusses! No way they get access to my Account!!

  • Hasani P - 2013-11-20 12:05

    This government is capable of turning innocents to criminals

  • Blane Blandon - 2013-11-20 12:05

    Always blame apartheid stupid old woman

  • Anthony Kessler - 2013-11-20 12:05


      Warren Holman - 2013-11-20 14:47

      count me in!!!!

  • Craig Mulder - 2013-11-20 12:05

    And now apartheid is to blame for e-tolls.....WFT!!!!!

  • Quintin Snell - 2013-11-20 12:06

    o.f.f.s! now e-tolling is apartheid's fault!? I've never heard such drivel! Get that archaic chip off your shoulder. Stop blaming a system that ceased to exist over 20 years ago for your own ineptitude. The reason there is no money for road upgrades is that it was stolen by a corrupt and useless post-apartheid government.

  • Lebza Mogarembe Mphahlele - 2013-11-20 12:07

    Go to Nkandla Gate u will get money for e-tolls as always, F@@$%^^&K. Im Relocating asap

  • Grieta Mitchley - 2013-11-20 12:07

    This government always threatens the nation! Ons is nie kinders wat moet gedreig word met pakslae nie! I always thought that this is supposed to be a government who does what the voters want? Is this what the voters wanted?

  • Samantha Stevens - 2013-11-20 12:07

    can someone please explain to me just how this is going to ease conjestion? are they widening the roads? adding more lanes? how?

      Alan John Ingram - 2013-11-20 12:34

      No they are taking all the taxis and trucks off the roads between 06am to 6pm !! ha! ha! ha!

      Terence Cluttey - 2013-11-20 14:15

      It will relieve congestion because people will not drive on the highways... of course the congestion and damage to the backroads is going to increase exponentially

  • Candice Bradley - 2013-11-20 12:08

    Magnificent roads?! Which roads are you using? Surely it's not the same highway that I use? The one which collects rain water in the fast lane because there is not adequate run-off? Not the one where people sit in traffic for up to an hour between off-ramps? And this has now become another "apartheid" thing?? REALLY?!?!

      Gwynneth Rowe - 2013-11-20 14:24

      Took the words right out of my mouth!

  • Antionette Le Roux - 2013-11-20 12:09

    What a senseless thing to say - this country ......

  • Feeble Bongo - 2013-11-20 12:09

    Fark off you ugly dumb idiot.

      Dave Elmore - 2013-11-20 12:29

      About sums up all our opinions

  • Theuns Kruger - 2013-11-20 12:09

    Typical of the ANC, blame anything that they started on apartheid.

  • Bra Tebzaah Sibilanga - 2013-11-20 12:10

    Foolish woman.I am NOT going to pay for your silly project,not double,not thrice not anything.

  • Hans de Waal - 2013-11-20 12:11

    How long until they need to do maintenance on these roads and then we are back to long stretches of dual and possibly single lanes (all the while paying toll as if the roads are still 6 lanes wide). See the never ending maintenance on the N1 North and South where they take your toll money but then restrict traffic flow for many kilometres at a time. They take your toll at the Carousel plaza without any warning and once you are through you are stuck in traffic. Buy your tickets now for the biggest circus coming to your town soon!!!

      Terence Cluttey - 2013-11-20 14:17

      not to mention, most of the time, i'm not sure those lanes are closed for any good reason... i don't see anyone working on themmm they close the lanes to make it LOOK like they are working on it, but they are really just putting on an act.

  • Hans Schouwstra - 2013-11-20 12:11

    that so nice minister. Now you are threatning the public. Sounds like the old schoolmaster trick.

  • Mikey Scholtz - 2013-11-20 12:12

    Amazing, even eTollls get blamed on Apartheid. Apartheid began in 1948 and this terrible policy ran for 46 years, next year the ANC will have been in power for 20 years. How much longer will they still blame others?

      Jacqui Daane Van Rensburg - 2013-11-20 12:24

      Mikey Scholts. They will blame others for as long as they are in office.

  • Richard - 2013-11-20 12:12

    Stop Congestion - Good one. Congestion will not be stopped it will simply migrate to smaller not toll roads that are not designed to carry huge traffic.

  • Shivi Shanda - 2013-11-20 12:13

    game on

  • Dorino Kalamaras - 2013-11-20 12:13

    Dipuo Peters I hope you reading this... GO F**K YOURSELF !!!!!!

  • Herklaas Jantjies - 2013-11-20 12:13

    E toll = E Coli

  • Clive Wannenburg - 2013-11-20 12:13

    And so the subtle threats begin, Pay or else. Well Minister useless or else what? I see it is also again blamed on Apartheid, i guess cANCer had nothing to do with this failer what about the infux of Illegal friends so on??? easy to jus point finger but after all these years would like more responsablity from leaders.

  • Gordon De Beer - 2013-11-20 12:13

    where have you ever seen 6 lanes, def not on the e-tolled roads

      Clive Wannenburg - 2013-11-20 12:15

      they wont know driving in Blue light convoy's

      Martin Pienaar - 2013-11-20 13:10

      I think one learns to count in Grade 1.....

  • James Williams - 2013-11-20 12:15

    The upgraded services on our highways is a default, standard service for a government to provide, not some privelege we should grovel in thankfulness for. It's like my boss tipping me for arriving at work each day - something he can inherently expect from me!

  • Hendrik van Schaik - 2013-11-20 12:16

    Must be Dr Verwoerd's ghost that opened the border gates for all the aliens from neighbouring countries now residing in Gauteng?

  • Kieran Daly - 2013-11-20 12:16

    Charge me doubleā€¦ Im still paying NOTHING!!!

  • Retlaw Yelmoc - 2013-11-20 12:16

    No No! No No No NO! No No No No Baby! No No!!

  • Matome Malahlela - 2013-11-20 12:17

    dont threaten us. I will not get that nonsense i have lot of cards to fill my wallet i dont need that come arrest me

  • Stiaan Jonker - 2013-11-20 12:17

    And politicians dont have to worry, we wont pay double, we will pay tripple because we will have to pay their e-toll accounts too, with our taxes!!

  • James Smythe - 2013-11-20 12:17

    These roads are no more 'magnificent' than the original roads were when completed in the 1970s and in fact there are serious issues of poor quality construction in parts! The woman speaks rubbish as she fails to understand that modern construction methods must always result in a 'magnificent' surface in any event! This is not exceptional anywhere in the developed world and only a third world mentality would use this as any justification for gross overspending and a badly planned project which is going to fail. As far as receiving an account every 7 days - by what means will this be achieved? Email? As a person who handles several mass mailing lists going to thousands of subscribers I can assure you that every time a batch is sent at least 10% or more fail to reach their intended recipients because of recipient server problems etc. These problems are temporary because on the next send the messages reach their recipients, the same ones whose server rejected the massage the last time! There are a lot of rubbish servers in SA, even some of the big names are operating rubbish! I find it hard to understand how proof of delivery can be established in cases of dispute - and there will be many of those cases. NO TOLLS - NO COMPROMISE - NO NEGOTIATION - THE FIGHT IS ON!

      Laura Wilson - 2013-11-20 12:30

      Amen James you put that so eloquently. it hurts my eyes to read the rubbish she said.

      Vaal Koos - 2013-11-20 13:27

      For the price ,it must magnificent. And it better be

      Burgert Adriaan Potgieter - 2013-11-20 21:55

      Block their male as spam.

  • George Steyn - 2013-11-20 12:18

    There we go... blaming apartheid again... 20 years later and the justification of e-toll's implementation is based on apartheid... How about government the fact that government should have funded the upgrade with our tax money? Guess the tax revenue will be used on JZ's driveway at Nkandla... LOL

  • Godfrey Kutlo Maepa - 2013-11-20 12:18

    R29 billion bill on roads,due to that e-toll ws implemented, R30.8 billion wasted by government bt no1 is accountable. We're sick n tired of this anc that thinks it owns us n they cn jst do whtever they want wth us.We cnt allow to live in a country where those that ar in power treat us as if we owe it to them to b citizens of this country.Its abt tym they c SA getting together n revolt as 1 nation that wil nt b divided by race should they start this e-toll thing.

  • Laura Wilson - 2013-11-20 12:18

    Not going to happen, the roads are NOT any better, in the last few months i have sat in more congested traffic than ever. Quote from the minister about the roads being magnificent, what a load of blah. We are not stupid, they are c..p.

      Renee Marais - 2013-11-20 12:39

      does she use the road during peak hours.... oops no, because the Government resides in the Cape.....

      Maggie Harmse - 2013-11-20 12:52

      go girl go!

      Leanne Trim - 2013-11-20 15:56

      @Renee Marais, maybe the minister does use the roads during peak's that 6th lane she is talking about...the yellow lane, that becomes a blue light lane during that time to help the government get to their stately homes using "world class" roads, built with our hard earned money...