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Now that the reality of E Tolls seems to have arrived on our door steps some of us will be somewhat ambivalent while others will no doubt continue to vent – and maybe protest.
Since there is greater clarity, this weeks’ newsletter shares with you the extract from the DP’s statement – courtesy of SANRAL – so that we have it verbatim.
Here are the facts as we know them – and we look forward to following the debate that follows with interest.
To ensure the e-toll system is equitable, affordable, sustainable and more efficient, Cabinet has approved the following major improvements:
· A single, reduced tariff will apply to all motorists. As an example, the current standard tariff of 58c per kilometre for light motor vehicles will be reduced to 30c per kilometre. This single tariff will apply to all motorists within a vehicle class whether they have an e-tag or not.
· The monthly cap has been dramatically reduced. Users of light motor vehicles who are directly registered with SANRAL will not pay more than R225 a month. This is half the current monthly cap of R450 a month. Revised caps will also be introduced for other vehicle classes.
· There will be no charge for infrequent users who make less than 30 gantry passes a year. If a user exceeds 30 gantry passes in a 12-month period, they will be liable for the usual charges.
· E-toll fees that are currently outstanding will be discounted by 60%. Users will have six months within which to settle debt dating back to December 2013 at the discounted tariff. This does not disadvantage users who have been paying e-tolls all along.
· There will be a monthly cap for accounts in arrears. All users who do not pay tolls within the required 30 days will be obliged to pay double the toll tariff. To protect users from incurring high amounts of debt, this will capped. In the case of light motor vehicles, for example, the monthly cap for accounts in arrears will be R450.
· Settlement of e-toll fees will be linked to licence renewal. To further simplify the process and ensure better integration of road management systems, motorists will need to settle any outstanding e-toll fees before vehicle licence discs are issued.