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Sanral: Beat the rush for e-tags

2013-10-08 14:13

SCRAMBLE FOR E-TAGS? With already 600 000 e-tags in circulation, Sanral urges South African drivers to purchase theirs and register with e-tolling. Image: YOUTUBE

Gauteng drivers should register for e-tags to avoid the rush when e-tolling begins reportedly in November 2013, said the SA National Roads Agency (Sanral).

Spokesperson Vusi Mona said: "To avoid a last-minute rush of road users getting e-tags ahead of toll commencement, we are encouraging drivers to register and obtain their e-tags."

Video: Why e-tolls make no sense - must watch!

Mona said it is simple to register for an e-tag and that drivers could do so at Sanral outlets, participating stores or via its website. Sanral reports that road users with tags fitted to their vehicles would receive discounts of up to 48%.

ONLY COST YOU R100 A MONTH...

In October 2013, Wheels24 reported that Sanral chief executive Nazir Ali said 600 000 e-toll tags were in circulation. He also believed that commentators were not looking at the benefits of e-tolling in Gauteng.

Ali said said that 83% of drivers would only be paying R100 a month for e-tolling and that the media had been exaggerating the numbers: "Less than one percent of people will actually reach R450 (the maximum amount for tolling) a month."

Earlier in 2013, Wheels24 reported that Sanral released data from its toll system. Of the 2.5-million vehicles checked, only 4700 would have reached the R450-a-month cap, according to the agency's data.

This is what Sanral’s plate recognition system says drivers will pay monthly:

• 82.83% will pay less than R100
• 10.10% will pay R101 - R200
• 4.03% will pay R201 - R300 (previously only 1.82%)
• 1.82% will pay R300 - R400
• 0.63% will pay R400 - R450
• 0.59% will pay R450

PRESIDENTIAL GREEN-LIGHT

In September 2013, President Jacob Zuma signed into law the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, giving Sanral the nod to start e-tolling on Gauteng's freeways. The SABC reported that government intended to publicise the proposed e-toll tariffs in October, with a view to implement by the end of November 2013.

The Supreme Court of Appeal reserved judgment in September 2013 on a legal challenge to e-tolls by lobby group Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance.

Click here to read what Wheels24 readers had to say regarding the Sanral's latest figures.

How do you feel about e-tolling? Will you beat the rush and purchase your e-tag? Email us and we'll publish your thoughts or use the Readers' Comments section below...

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