MORE E-TOLL GRIEF: Gauteng road users will be subjected to a 5% toll fees increase come March 1 2016. Image: Wheels24
Johannesburg - Gauteng motorists will have to cough-up much more as e-tolls are set to increase by almost 5% from March 2016.
The fee increases were published in the Government Gazette (#39695), issued on Tuesday (February 16).
The Automobile Association advises Gauteng motorists to prepare to fork over more to use the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) roads.
'Secure more payments'
According to the AA: "We are making motorists aware of these increases as the information does not appear on Sanral's e-toll website, nor are we aware of any Sanral customers being directly informed thereof.
"No mention of any adjustments to the capped limit for tagged users is made in the Government Gazette. This announcement is the latest move by Sanral, which appears to be intensifying its efforts to secure more payments for the tolling system.
The new increases comes barely six months after the tariffs were reduced as a result of a public outcry, and discounts of up to 60% were offered on outstanding balances before September 2015.
The AA said: "Once again we would have preferred Sanral to be more upfront with this information, and to try and win over support, rather than relying on other organisations such as ourselves to inform the media and the public."
Below is a breakdown of current, and future rates, for a day trip on the GFIP from Soweto to Pretoria:
Wayne Duvenage, chairman of the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (OUTA), said: “We are disgusted that SANRAL and the Department of Transport have this attitude and approach of continuously applying mandatory annual increases to all toll plazas in its growing toll network, whilst the use and income generated by the various tolling contracts have serious questions, about which OUTA is busy conducting intensive research and investigation.”
"It is important to remember that the toll road concessionaires are in effect, providing a service to the public, on behalf of and through the state. In so doing, they are subject to stringent laws, which we will be applying in our quest to have all of the relevant information laid bare for scrutiny and questioning by the public.
"It remains very clear to us that there is a cosy relationship between Sanral and some construction companies, concessionaires and consultants, which is driving unjust and massive profits to these parties, at the expense of the public.
"We require answers to a number of serious questions, and it would be in the interest of all parties concerned to not force OUTA to seek the required information through a drawn out Public Access to Information Act (PAIA) processes. If forced to do so, this will merely increase the ire and resolve of civil society, and raise further questions regarding the integrity of the parties involved."