by Sapa

Gauteng to proceed with toll roads

Sanral lowers fees

The e-toll gantries in Gauteng might finally get to earn their keep if the transport minister gets his way
toll gate

Amidst the controversy and huge public outcry, government's decision is final. "The Gauteng e-toll system will be implemented," Transport Minister, Ben Martins, announced, Sapa reported.

"Cabinet at its meeting on Wednesday ... decided that Sanral should proceed with the implementation of e-tolling. 

"The department of transport has already gazetted the toll tariffs and regulations for public comment," Martins told reporters in Pretoria. 

He said that at the end of the 30 days, after government had considered the public's views, the final tariffs would be published. 


The e-toll tariff for light vehicles with e-tags has been reduced to 30c/km, South Africa National Roads Agency Limited said. 

This was down from the 40c/km decided on last year, Sanral toll and traffic manager Alex van Niekerk said. The base tariff for light vehicles would remain at 58c/km. 

Van Niekerk was giving a Sanral presentation on the Gauteng highway e-toll system. Part of the presentation was the tariff history. 

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. 

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

Van Niekerk said only about 0.2% of Gauteng road users would pay the e-toll cap. 

About 78.5% of motorists using the freeway were expected to pay less than R100 a month, using e-tags, he said.

About 91.3% would pay less than R200 and 96.3% would pay less than R300.


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