TESTING, TESTING. BEEP, BEEP: The N3 toll oad will undergo electronic testing from July 13. Listen for the beep... Image: Tolcon
Testing of a new electronic toll-collection system in selected toll plaza lanes along the N3 in kwa-Zulu-Natal will start on July 13 2015.
N3 Toll Concession (N3TC), the company responsible for the N3 Toll Route between Heidelberg in Gauteng and Cedara in kwaZulu-Natal, says it will implement electronic toll collection as an option for vehicles fitted with electronic tags.
ETC will be opereating at all plazas along the N3 Toll Route by the end of 2015.
BUSINESS AS USUAL
While testing is under way, road users with tags in their vehicles will hear a “beeping” sound when they pass through certain N3 toll plaza lanes but N3TC promises that no money will be collected when the "beep" is heard.
Andy Visser, N3TC's marketing manager, said: “There is no need to be alarmed. This is not a live transaction environment, merely a testing phase to ensure equipment is working."
All tolling operations along the N3 Toll Route will continue to function in the manner to which users are accustomed, says N3TC. The company will continue to accept all existing payment methods - cash, credit and fleet cards for light vehicles (Class 1) and cash or fleet cards for heavy vehicles (Classes 2 – 4).
No debit cards, Diners Club, American Express or international bank cards will be accepted.
Visser added: “With the roll-out of an electronic payment method N3TC is adding another convenient payment option for those users who wish to make use of this alternative. For the rest, it will be business as usual."