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1000's register for Gauteng tolls

2012-01-12 13:14

Nearly a quarter-million vehicles have allegedly registered for e-toll accounts with the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral).

The company gave this figure in a statement ahead of the activation of the first phase of e-tolls starting in February, 2012; the actual number claimed is 212 906 registered by January 10 for phase one of the controversial Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.

Sanral said the toll commencement date of February 2012 was approaching but did not state a specific date on which the tolls would become active.

Light motor vehicles are expected to be charged R0.40/km, medium vehicles R1/km, "longer" vehicles R2/km and bikers R0.24/km. Qualifying commuter taxis and buses don't pay.

FEBRUARY DEADLINE


Gauteng e-toll tags will only be operational at the Bakwena toll plaza from February.

The GFIP Phase I one cost R20-billion, most of it financed by loans.

Asked about transport minister S'bu Ndebele's response to anti-toll petitions, a spokesman reported: "Further announcements on this matter will be made in due course."

Helpful, that.

The Freedom Front handed in a petition of 105 000 audited signatures. A joint petition that included the Congress of SA Trade Unions, the SA National Civic Organisation, the SA National NGO Coalition, the SA Transport and Allied Workers Union, and the Democratic Alliance was also submitted to Ndebele.

Comments
  • Braam - 2012-01-13 06:51

    You don't say if these are, as i suspect, all commercial vehicles..

      Sheda - 2012-01-13 09:09

      No Braam - commercial owners cannot be that stupid. It is all the government owned vehicles who have registered. They use our tax money to pay for tolls SO WHY SHOULD THEY CARE. It is easy for SANRAL to make figures look good when in actual fact they are, if we read between the lines, highlighting HOW MANY TRAITORS WE HAVE IN OUR COUNTRY (so far 213,000)

  • Thando - 2012-01-13 07:04

    Idiots

  • Gary - 2012-01-13 08:00

    That's the problem with this country, everybody moans and groans about things like this, and when we have to stand together, then everyone has something more important to do. My name will not be on that list.....

  • Artur - 2012-01-13 08:22

    Nor will mine, if i have to then i will drive without number plates. An additional cost of R1000 a month to travel to work and back, if i could stop eating then i could pay it, so unless someone comes up with a solution to not eating i will not be able to pay, will probably be in court really soon regarding this :)

  • Benmica - 2012-01-13 08:37

    They are welcome.....

  • Kirsten - 2012-01-13 09:16

    Apparently there are around 4 million vehicles in Gauteng - only 200 000 registered - do the math !!!

      Gary - 2012-01-13 11:02

      :-) I like those stats.........

      graemescala - 2012-01-13 13:27

      That's less than 5% of vehicles in Gauteng. And predominantly government vehicles, if some reports are to be believed.

  • Fredster - 2012-01-13 09:43

    I will not register...give them access to my bank account...NEVER!!!

  • peter.norma - 2012-01-13 09:54

    I have not registered and have no intention of doing so. If we all stand together on this and neither register nor pay the bills when they arrive, then the system will collapse.

  • Tyron - 2012-01-13 10:00

    Who bought these tags? If you did, please reply and tell everyone why!! The Minister of Transport has not even sanctioned these tolls!! Serious people, WTF?

  • Grant - 2012-01-13 13:16

    The issue of false number plates has not been addressed, nor how drivers will dispute erroneous toll bills. I don't see this toll farce going live in February. I want them to send me a bill with photographs for each entry on my invoice....and then I will pay. Freeways have become Highway robberies!!!!!!!!!

  • Terence - 2012-01-13 15:06

    I cant see how sanral can say they are going live in feb, the minister has not published anything yet. They are actually hoping they can go live but time will tell, for the people that have tags just think of it 200000 * R50 = R10 Million, which a private company (the contractor) not even sanral is earning the interest.

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