Mobility : Gauteng Toll Tariff System Revealed
Pretoria - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) has finally revealed the much-awaited toll tariffs for the Gauteng freeway network with motorists expected to pay between R4, R60 and R45 and R54 for 11.5 km depending on the size of their vehicle.
But there will be discounts for off-peak travel including weekends, e-tag users, frequent users and qualifying public transport operators.
Briefing reporters on Friday, SANRAL CEO, Nazir Alli said the discounts will ensure that frequent users of the freeway do not suffer major financial losses as a results of using the provinces roads.
"What we are saying is that as a frequent user of the road... if you get yourself an e-tag you stand to qualify for various discounts that are on offer," Alli said.
E-tag discounts of up to 25 percent will be available for all vehicle classes and period discounts, also known as time of day discounts, will also be applicable.
Public Transport Operator Discount of up to 50 percent will be applied to all vehicle classes, only for registered e-toll tag account holders, for trips undertaken by a public transport vehicle.
Tolls will be collected per gantry and each time a vehicle passes underneath a gantry, a toll will be charged. The cost per gantry is determined by the kilometer distance which the toll point represents.
Alli said all road users will be expected to set up an e-toll account followed by the purchase of the e-tags which will be available at all major retail stores such as Pick n Pay and Checkers. "It's as easy as buying your cellphone airtime".
The gantries are fitted with toll collection equipment that will recognise the e-tag which is linked to the vehicle number plate. Tolls will be deducted from a user's registered e-toll account associated with the vehicle and the user may not change the e-tag from one vehicle to another.
Registration for the e-tolling system commences in April and road users will be able to register an e-toll account at the e-toll customer service website, www.sanral.co.za, at e-toll customer service kiosks located at shopping malls or at e-toll customer service centres situated along the freeway network.