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2012-01-12 13:14

ARE YOU READY?: Sanral says more than 200 000 Gauteng commuters have registered e-toll accounts.

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.


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.


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