Ramaphosa: New e-toll dispensation fair | Fin24
  • Load Shedding Schedules

    Find information for Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and other cities.

  • Eskom Debt

    'Hard to believe' tweets minister, after Zim at last pays off debt to power utility.

  • Corruption Watch

    Corruption 'all but collapsing' public healthcare, warns watchdog amid coronavirus chaos.


Ramaphosa: New e-toll dispensation fair

May 20 2015 15:21
Thomas Hartleb, News24

Johannesburg - Gauteng’s new e-toll fees will be fair and sustainable, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Wednesday.

“A fair dispensation is being put forward to ensure the e-toll system is affordable and sustainable,” he said.

The fees would be “dramatically reduced” and public transport would remain exempt from paying, Ramaphosa said, announcing a "new dispensation" for the electronic tolling system, which was switched on at midnight on December 3 2013.  

E-toll fees for light motor vehicles would be reduced from 58 cents per kilometre to 30c/km, he said. This would apply to motorists with and without an e-tag.

The monthly cap for light motor vehicles would be “dramatically reduced” from R450 a month to R225.

“Revised caps will also be introduced to other categories of vehicles and what have you," he said.

Public transport would remain exempt from paying e-tolls. There would however be no change in fees for people who made less than 30 gantry passes a year.

The new dispensation would be implemented in phases. The new cap and revised tariffs would begin in the next two to three months. Those with outstanding e-toll fees would get a 60% discount.

Ramaphosa said the new fees were the result of talks between national government and Gauteng, and were approved by Cabinet.

In July last year, Gauteng premier David Makhura appointed a panel to review the impact of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) and the e-toll system set up to fund it.

Following public consultations it was concluded that the system placed an unfair burden on low- and middle-income households.

The panel however found there was general acceptance of the user-pays principle, and that the GFIP and e-tolls had “hugely benefited” Gauteng’s economy and residents. The improved roads had reduced travel time, improved fuel efficiency, and cut down vehicle operating costs.

The implementation of the e-toll system followed months of court cases between the SA National Roads Agency Limited and the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance. 

sanral  |  cyril ramaphosa  |  david makhura  |  transport  |  e-tolls  |  tolls


Read Fin24’s Comments Policy

24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

Comment on this story
Comments have been closed for this article.

Company Snapshot

Voting Booth

Do you support a reduction in the public sector wage bill?

Previous results · Suggest a vote