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E-toll tariffs slashed, arrears capped

Vehicle licences won’t be renewed with outstanding e-toll debt. See infographic and full list of new tariffs.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced an extensive package of e-toll relief measures in an effort to encourage users of Gauteng freeways to accept the system and restore confidence in roads agency Sanral in the capital markets.

Ramaphosa announced:

  • A single, reduced tariff for all motorists, with or without an e-tag that is reduced from 58c/km to 30c/km for light motor vehicles.
  • The monthly cap for those lights motor vehicles with and without e-tags reduced from R450 per month to R225 per month.
  • People with less than 30 gantry passes per year, won’t be charged.
  • Outstanding e-toll debt will be cut by 60% and has to be paid within six months.
  • A monthly cap of R450 on e-tolls not paid within 30 days.
  • Vehicle owners with outstanding e-tolls won’t be allowed to renew their vehicle licences.
  • More payment options, including the Post Office, vehicle licensing centres and retail payment kiosks and simplified administration.

See the infographic tweeted by South African Gov account @GovernmentZA below:

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None of the measures will be backdated and it will only be implemented after it has been published in the Government Gazette.

Ramaphosa said the reduced tariffs and lower monthly cap will result in a shortfall of R390 million per year that will be covered jointly by the national government and the Gauteng provincial government. No further detail was given about how it will be split between the two parties.

Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said one of the issues of concern relating to e-tolls was criminalising those who don’t pay. In response to that government has decided to strengthen the link to drivers’ licences and to use the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act  (Aarto) to “enhance compliance,” she said.

The Aarto Act is currently only in operation in Tshwane and Johannesburg and has resulted in huge issues for especially fleet owners. It entails among other things a point demerits system that will see habitual offenders lose their drivers licences and the blocking of transactions on eNatis or outstanding traffic fines. The licence blocking was, after a few false starts, recently implemented in Johannesburg and Tshwane, but the points demerit module has not yet been tested anywhere in South Africa.

Previous efforts to roll out Aarto in the rest of the country were aborted after the City of Cape Town threatened to stop it through legal action.

The Aarto Act is now being amended in the hope of dealing with some of the problems, but the system is highly dependent on the Post Office for delivery of notices, which has not improved confidence that it can be rolled out successfully.

Ramaphosa was scant with details on the timelines for implementation of the changes to the e-toll system. The new tariffs and monthly caps will be introduced in the next two to three months, and the rest of the measures will follow depending on regulatory and legal frameworks, he said. He promised that road users will be kept informed about progress in this regard.

Ramaphosa said the new payment options safeguard the integrity of the fiscus and enhance the ability of Sanral to raise funds and meet its obligations.

Ramaphosa said the announcement shows that government listens to its people and that it is responsive, caring and responsible.

He said the announcement signifies an opportunity “for a fresh start for all of us” and asked all stakeholders to help build an integrated and sustainable transport system.

An information booklet handed out after the announcement shows that the implementation of the new dispensation may take up to 18 months. According to information in the booklet the monthly cap and single, lower tariff will be implemented in the next ten to 12 weeks. An announcement in the government Gazette to effect the 60% discount and other measures relating to outstanding e-toll debt will follow within three to four months and the gazetting and implementation of the licence blocking, the 30 free gantry passes per year for infrequent users and integration with the Post Office and licensing offices will take between six and 18 months.

Some software changes and system reconfigurations also have to be made.

It is also clear from the booklet that the Department of Transport has started preparing for a FICA-type process that will commence in October to ensure the personal and contact details of vehicle owners and road users are updated to ensure better service of documents, including e-toll bills.

Full list of new tariffs:

Single rates

  • Class A1 (motor cycles) 18c/km
  • Class A2 (light motor vehicles) 30c/km
  • Class B 75c/km
  • Class C 150c/km

Monthly cap:

  • Class A1 R125
  • Class A2 R225
  • Class B R875
  • Class C R2 900

Time of day discounts will continue to apply if paid within the grace period, but only for road users with Sanral e-toll accounts.

Road users who don’t pay their e-toll bills within 30 days will pay double the new monthly cap applicable to their vehicle class.

 

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hmmmmmm. no we.will.not pay – you get enough in taxes as it is. finish an klaar

What part of NO E-TOLL does this government not understand?

so now, we don’t pay etolls & licence discs.

Except that if you are in a car accident you need a valid license discs to make a claim, so not paying can backfire badly.

What about the 50% (?) of drivers with no or fake drivers licences on the roads already?

It’s just adding to the lawlessness

so now, both e-tolls and Licence discs will go unpaid.

Brilliant idea from the ANC. The majority that did not pay e-tolls at all, can now get a discount.

Dear Cyril, see the tear in my eye. I don’t support corruption, hence I will never, ever pay e-tolls. Nice try, but the cigar is mine.

Two things: (1) Legal e-tag users get 50% discount after paying in advance, while illegal users get 60% discount after not having paid for 2 years, (2) Imagine the que at vehicle licensing a year from now – their plan is to ‘que’ the public into submission, with no fair chance to query the transactions under their names.

So e-tag users, who pay in advance, get 50% discount. Those who haven’t paid for the last 2 years get 60% discount.

The DA would like to express their sincere thanks to the Deputy President, Sanral and Eskom for their selfless efforts in assisting the DA in their 2016 local elections campaign to pry as many Metro’s as they can from the ANC.
Viva eTolls! Viva Megawatt Park!

Precisely.
MAKE THE TOLL ROADS GO AWAY
AT THE NEXT ELECTION VOTE DA!

make sure you and everyone you talk to votes DA next election.

“Ramaphosa said the reduced tariffs and lower monthly cap will result in a shortfall of R390 million per year that will be covered jointly by the national government and the Gauteng provincial government.”
No, it won’t. It will be covered jointly by tax-payers and rate-payers. When will this fool government realise that “their” money comes from the people and businesses of this country? If it ever comes to refusing to renew my road licence I will simply travel by non-toll roads, adding to the congestion as other road users also use this “avoidance” method, and a large reduction in the use of toll roads. Similar situation to Eskom – as they increase their prices, more and more people will install generators, inverters / batteries so they end up with fewer customers, at which point they increase their prices, and so ad infinitum.

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