Thousands of public operators exempt from e-tolls

Thousands of public operators exempt from e-tolls

2013-12-04 12:16

Johannesburg - A total of 45 700 public transport operators have been exempted from paying e-tolls in Gauteng so far, the transport department said on Wednesday.

"Those who qualify for this exemption are public transport operators in possession of valid permits and operating licences and whose vehicles are registered on the eNatis system," spokesperson Octavia Mamabolo said in a statement.

"Those exempted constitutes the vast majority of taxis operating in the province."

Public transport operators bringing commuters from neighbouring provinces to Gauteng daily also qualified for exemptions and should contact the SA National Roads Agency Limited to register for exemptions.

"However, public transport operators from other provinces who transport passengers occasionally to Gauteng do not qualify for exemptions," said Mamabolo.

The e-toll system came into effect on Tuesday. It compels motorists to pay to use certain highways around Gauteng.

On Monday, a last-minute attempt by the Freedom Front Plus to stop e-tolling failed. The party's case was struck from the roll by the High Court in Pretoria for lack of urgency.

The Democratic Alliance said it intended taking its fight against e-tolling to the courts and would argue that the legislation providing for e-tolls was incorrectly tagged as national, rather than provincial.

  • Patrick Buckley - 2013-12-04 12:19

    Actually, Scamral is about to find out that a great many more people will be exempt! Watch and learn...... lol

      Thando Gqabaza - 2013-12-04 12:58

      Please visit the links above - import information on SANRAL corruption

      ThandoGqabaza - 2013-12-04 13:05

      The links got mysteriously deleted - I'll try again

      ThandoGqabaza - 2013-12-04 13:08

      Links deleted again - Do yourself a favour and search Youtube for "What Sanral Don't Want You To Know About E-Tolls in South Africa "

      TC - 2013-12-04 13:25

      Oh damn! I have just been told that there are people going around parking areas and zapping your e-tag on your windscreen to capture the tag-code. They then drive on the toll-roads transmitting your code to the gantrees. You will then pay for trips that you never undertook. Aparently it is a very simple device they use to do this. They are doing this to sabotage people who have e-tags! Can that be true? Can it really be done? That sutely will upset this e-tolling mess even further!

      Clive Pops - 2013-12-04 13:51

      Patrick, I was thinking the same thing :-)

      Japie JJ du Toit - 2013-12-04 14:07

      well well well there is the missing million per day they are looking for and then thread us to cough up. if we registered for e toilet, then we would have paid for them as well. voetsek

  • Robbie Crouch - 2013-12-04 12:24


      Magda Henning Human - 2013-12-04 12:36

      Robbie, it's discrimination and apartheid. Taxi's get exemption. They can go stuff themselves.

      Charissa Kemp - 2013-12-04 13:36

      No cmon its not really, I think its actually fair for them to be exempt..If you cant afford your own car... But doesnt mean the middle classes can handle the extra financial load. Just say NO! We can stand together and bring this DOWN!

      Magda Henning Human - 2013-12-04 14:18

      Charissa, I am also one of the middle class in South Africa. I am still traveling the N3 without e-tag and I want them to "TRY" and find me and if they do, I want them to prosecute me. They will not get one dime out of me.

      Revelgen - 2013-12-04 16:03

      But the users of taxis are still going to pay heavily for e-tolling. I heard in a business meeting yesterday that one big truck (of the kind that would deliver milk, bread, mealie meal etc) could rack up R500-worth of e-tolls in just one 20km stretch of e-tolled road per day. Please would someone investigate this further. But I know that the company in question is already revising its prices upwards to cover e-tolling, so the poor WILL suffer. All to pay for roads that have ALREADY been done and should be maintained by a fuel levy. It's time the corrupt ANC/Scamral came crashing down.

  • Vaughan - 2013-12-04 12:26

    Definitely time to start boycotting companies that have complied and bought eTags for their fleets.

      Sickup Andfed - 2013-12-04 12:56

      Avis for one openly supports this theivery.

      Erwin de Ruiter - 2013-12-04 13:26

      The question was asked if we should boycott D.Unterhalter's clients (sanral's vip). One of his major clients is the biggest bier brewery in town. Just saying.

      Charissa Kemp - 2013-12-04 13:37

      So proud of my boss! He is not registering ANY of our JHB delivery vehicles. Whoop Whoop!

  • John Cryink - 2013-12-04 12:28

    Discrimination based on race in AA BEE and sexism as in equity. Then this sick cANCer exempts certain modes of transport busses and taxis that is DISCRIMINATION all who use roads should pay for them!!!

  • Emma Sanderson - 2013-12-04 12:31

    This is unacceptable as this is discriminatory. Why should one business be exempt and not others?

  • proudlysa - 2013-12-04 12:38

    The ANC wanted to get buy in from the unions when they exempted Taxis but it has blown up in their faces!! Sorry, thieving ANC, more and more people are starting to see right through you. We shall meet you at the polls next year. ABANC....anything but ANC!!! ( DA is by far the best option...)

  • Dave Elmore - 2013-12-04 12:38

    Slight contradiction to the earlier story perhaps? NTA spokesperson Theo Malele said that although the government had promised that taxis would not pay, 80% of the taxis in the province did not have permits.

      Roger Williams - 2013-12-04 12:57

      Agreed I had to reread yesterdays article saying 80% taxis did not have permits.Yet more of Scamral's bovine excrement

  • Harshad Daya Vallabh - 2013-12-04 12:40

    I gonna be exempt too as I am proudly e-tag free hahahahaahahaha

  • Graham Johnson - 2013-12-04 12:41

    Of course they are! Also exempt from the all the laws to which honest taxpyers have to adhere!

  • Victor Mendes - 2013-12-04 12:42

    So let me get this right, the people who will be using the toll roads to make money for business use, wont pay e-tolls but Joe citizen must pay e-tolls just to go from home to work and back home again. How is this then a fair application of scumral BS story of the "User pays" principle???

  • Baas Piet Pompies - 2013-12-04 12:43

    The SCAMRAL cANCer alliance is working very effectively I see.

  • Baas Piet Pompies - 2013-12-04 12:45

    So those who's using it the most, getting income from using it for free don't pay anything towards maintenance? There's some ANC Logic working. Disappointed but not surprised at all.

  • Jackey Moss - 2013-12-04 13:00

    What is the "user pay principal" ???? What a democracy we have.

  • Rampant - 2013-12-04 13:05

    Unfair!!! The taxi income is not regulated by SARS. Is the government afraid of the taxi operators who are notorious for their strikes. Totally unfair! Interesting that the majority taxis do not have valid permits. Can the minister of transport explain?

  • Mike Hall - 2013-12-04 13:12

    The taxis now also have the freedom of the Highway's all to themselves. They do not pay any taxes for that matter other than those included in the price VIVA ANC "ANOTHER NATIONAL CRISIS in the brewing. "CRY THE BELOVED COUNTRY"

  • Jerry Naidoo - 2013-12-04 13:24

    let us all register our vehicles as taxis.

  • Babytrish-Pat Buli Manele - 2013-12-04 13:25

    Please make that number 45 701 as I am exempted by default, thank you *_*

      Victor Mendes - 2013-12-04 13:54

      Then I will be 45 702.

  • Michael Klee - 2013-12-04 13:37

    E-tolling was brought about as part of this Government's "user-pay " principle, so how does this exemption to "public transport operators" comply with this policy? When the ban came into play on vehicles driving on beaches and this Government provided certain exemptions to this ban, the exemptions were tested and found to be unconstitutional. Every citizen of this country has the right to be treated equally, and I figure this applies as much to those people riding "public transport" as to those people riding in their own vehicles.

  • Willy Nilly - 2013-12-04 13:40


  • Christopher Cousens - 2013-12-04 13:47

    Taxis are NOT public operators... They are PRIVATE operators.. Privately owned and operated... They are just too scared of taxi owner's blockades that they made them all exempt.. Perhaps we too should blockade and what about those giving lifts to others.. If taxis are exempt then all private operators should be including lift clubs...

  • Ockie Schoeman - 2013-12-04 14:01

    That's not all, did you know that registered taxi's also get a discount on their fuel??? Why do you think they have not gone on strike because of petrol prices????

  • Christopher Cousens - 2013-12-04 14:16

    Taxis are PRIVATE transport.. They are certainly not Public transport... They are just afraid of them blockading the roads where if we wanted action, we should do that...

  • Christopher Cousens - 2013-12-04 14:17

    taxis are not public transport.. they are private transport...

      Shane Ferreira - 2013-12-04 14:36

      Sorry, they do not understand the dif. Just excluding a specific portion of the population, wonder why??

  • Joe Alves - 2013-12-04 14:22

    but the ambulance companies have to pay while taxi's are free, good thinking batman

  • Nicole van der Velde - 2013-12-04 14:26

    Taxis don't pay, but they are the biggest cause of accidents, and now we must foot the bill for road repairs which they have damaged, no way am I going to pay.

  • Ravin Govinden - 2013-12-04 15:09

    I say it again and again and again and again and ...... F**K e-toll

  • Andre Keyter - 2013-12-04 16:45

    Direct beneficiary of the E-tolls = Moss Mashishi of TMT, the e-toll guys. I suggest a MASSIVE boycott of this company and all it's subsidiaries

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2013-12-04 17:19

    Now, I thought tolling was all about 'user pays'. Who uses the roads more than a taxi operator? So why on earth should they be exempt? Oh yes, logic and consistency are not necessary in the third world...

  • Gwilym John Howes - 2013-12-04 17:20

    A friend with an e-tag is not a friend!

  • marko.ras - 2013-12-04 18:41

    And whomever does not buy an e-tag is also exempted. As easy as that.

  • alta.steyn.3 - 2013-12-05 09:48

    The day that I will get an e-tag and pay is when hell freezes over.

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