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E-toll horror: It’s started!

2011-11-08 07:33

Gauteng and Limpopo drivers have been told to get ready for the first phase of the  controversial e-toll project that is supposed to start in February 2012.

The SA National Roads Agency Ltd (Sanral) said e-toll account registration and e-tag distribution for the first phase of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) officially started on Monday (November 7, 2011).

An agency statement read: "Sanral wishes to encourage all Gauteng e-road users to become e-toll ready in the most cost effective way, by getting an e-tag, registering an e-toll account, and fitting an e-tag to the inside of their windscreen."

E-tags cost R50 per vehicle but the deposit will be credited to the car's account, which can be pre-paid or settled monthly. The discs are available at Checkers, Pick ‘n Pay and Shoprite stores, along with customer centres in Gauteng shopping malls or along the tolled road. They can also be ordered online through Sanral’s website or through the call centre (0800 726 725).

N1 HIGHWAY FIRST

E-toll tags will be operational at the Bakwena toll plazas (the 95km of the N1 North from Pretoria north to Bela-Bela in Limpopo) from February, 2012. Those who choose to go without an e-tag will be able to pay their tolls by registering their licence plate number or buying a day pass.

Special arrangements have been made to register e-toll accounts for fleets; certain commuter buses and taxis will be exempt from tolling, although application for the exemption is not yet open.  

The e-toll account registration drive follows recent news that the department of transport said tolling of the country’s roads would remain suspended. Transport minister Sibusiso Ndebele ordained on October 23, 2011 a halt to all road project processes related to the tolling of national roads.

SUSPENDED TOLLS


Spokesman Tiyani Rikhotso said the suspension included the planned second phase of the GFIP in the Cape Winelands and along the Wild Coast.

Rikhotso said the state Cabinet had already pronounced on phase one of the GFIP when it released its revised fees. The Cabinet agreed that light motor vehicles would pay R0.40/km, medium vehicles R1/km, "longer" vehicles R2/km and motorcycles R0.24/km.

Rikhotso said Ndebele would request the incoming board of directors of Sanral to prioritise the resolution of the financing model regarding the cost of GFIP phase one, amounting to R20-billion.

SAPA

Comments
  • Miguel - 2011-11-08 08:28

    A democratic government appointed by the people to serve the people, even against the peoples will.

      eyresa - 2011-11-09 11:31

      Ignore all Gwaa comments. He doesn't even live in SA. He is some Asian guy's plaything.

      Craig - 2011-11-09 12:03

      and now they`re throwing a 100 million rand party,while thier voters sit in shacks.

      Lourens - 2011-11-11 06:55

      @Craig, it is the African dictator way of doing things.

  • Hielke - 2011-11-08 09:14

    What bogles the mind is the exemption for certain commuter buses and taxis from tolling, are they scared of the backlash?

  • phinda.buthelezi - 2011-11-08 09:37

    Down with this tolls. Do not buy the e-tags and lets protest

      MduXman - 2011-11-08 19:48

      @Gwaa, the government wont listen to reason, they refuse to apply any logic to their thinking. What do you propose is done Einstein to make the government listen?

      MduXman - 2011-11-08 19:48

      @Gwaa, the government wont listen to reason, they refuse to apply any logic to their thinking. What do you propose is done Einstein to make the government listen?

  • peter.norma - 2011-11-08 09:41

    I have no intention of registering for this legalised robbery now or at any time. I will also not pay any bills that come through. If we all stand together on this, we can break this monster!

      John - 2011-11-08 13:01

      Don't register your car and see how long it takes to get the bill. If these morons think I am giving them my credit card details they must be joking. Also how are cars from other provinces going to be tolled, what about hire cars?

      John - 2011-11-08 13:01

      Don't register your car and see how long it takes to get the bill. If these morons think I am giving them my credit card details they must be joking. Also how are cars from other provinces going to be tolled, what about hire cars?

      steve.dupreez - 2011-11-08 13:18

      Gwaa - he might be an old fart but you are a fool!!

      steve.dupreez - 2011-11-08 13:18

      Gwaa - he might be an old fart but you are a fool!!

      VWhitepaw - 2011-11-09 13:11

      Remember. At a roadblock they may not just "load into the van and in jail". They have to have a warrant for your arrest. This means you where fined and did not respond. It went to court and a warrant was produced.

  • raath - 2011-11-08 09:41

    Guys, this nonsense has to stop! We can't pay again, and be taxed for something, which our tax money already payed for. It is ridiculous! Visit this site and stand strong with all the sensible people out there: http://www.tollfreegp.co.za/

  • Lourens - 2011-11-08 10:21

    Just do not use the highways. Just imagine how pi$$ed off the Toll road authorities(idiots) is going to be if there is no desent income, they will then immediately re-look the pricing. You can only take a horse to water, the rest is up to the horse, lets not all be donkeys...

      Lourens - 2011-11-08 14:04

      @gwaa, cool go and pay the toll fees and remember that virtually 80% to 90% of that money is also been taken outside of the country by the foreign company ruinning the toll system. Probably appointed by someone like you.

      Lourens - 2011-11-08 14:04

      @gwaa, cool go and pay the toll fees and remember that virtually 80% to 90% of that money is also been taken outside of the country by the foreign company ruinning the toll system. Probably appointed by someone like you.

  • Naeem - 2011-11-08 10:46

    http://www.tollfreegp.co.za/

  • Laurence - 2011-11-08 12:22

    Thanks for the offer to pay, but no thanks greedy pigs! We all stand together.

  • roy.a.remy - 2011-11-08 12:54

    NEVER!

  • Eddy - 2011-11-08 13:23

    Since this is just a pilot (read testing phase); we can easily shape it's fate.

  • don.odendaal - 2011-11-08 13:47

    If anyone is organising road blockages I have quite a few vehicles whice I can park on highway on ramps ect

      MduXman - 2011-11-08 19:46

      @Gwaa_u screwed up tenderpreneur, you and Ndebele should get locked up for supporting such rubbish. The whole country must stand up and protest against such criminality from government. we cant afford to be working for the governmemnt to get fatter and drive bigger cars.

      MduXman - 2011-11-08 19:46

      @Gwaa_u screwed up tenderpreneur, you and Ndebele should get locked up for supporting such rubbish. The whole country must stand up and protest against such criminality from government. we cant afford to be working for the governmemnt to get fatter and drive bigger cars.

  • Derick - 2011-11-08 14:33

    I’m simple not going to pay any more fees above taxation!!!

  • johan.erlank - 2011-11-08 14:40

    http://tollfreegp.co.za/ - Together we can stop this.

  • thabo.tebele - 2011-11-08 16:30

    Somebody suggested we throw a bucket of mud on the number plates if you can.I will do it or simply ignore the bill when it comes.Enough is enough,lets all stand together and stop this.

  • Clive - 2011-11-09 11:08

    No body must get the tags and will have to extend deadlines again and again till people have them.

  • eyresa - 2011-11-09 11:38

    Do not buy e-tags. I am not giving any business access to deduct money from my accounts without proof of service. Make SANRAL send you each photograph by POST. They cannot email them to me due to the spam blocker on my system so I won’t get the emails. Then, if they can get that right, don’t pay anyway.

  • Maduvha - 2011-11-09 21:33

    I am selling my cars....

  • Manus - 2011-11-10 17:13

    Why do we pay Taxes and such high Fuel price, and still we must pay toll fees. The Government dont know what they are doing here. Rather increase the fuel price then everyone can benefit from road use. Govt should rather use money to fix potholes than installing Tollgates. We should start suing Govt for vehicle damage due to potholes etc. Shouldn't we ?

  • Lauden Kirk - 2011-11-10 23:47

    Don't use it. I'm going to prey for justice.

  • Lauden Kirk - 2011-11-10 23:53

    Gwaa: another sheep another do gooder with out reason. If the gov tells you to jump in the fire you going to do it? O one more thing gov is there to make you think you have power. You don't. So do what your soul and your true meaning is. Until then my friend you getting it down the throat upside down

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