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2013-08-05 11:14

REGISTER TO AVOID DOUBLE COSTS: According to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL), most motorists who have registered e-tags will only pay less than R100 for toll fees. Image: News24

PRETORIA, South Africa - E-Tolling won’t cost you a fortune. In fact, tolls agency Sanral claims, 83% of you will only pay R100 a month.


The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) also says only a fraction of users of the Gauteng Road Improvement Project (GFIP) will pay the maximum monthly cost of using the roads, capped at R450 for those who have registered.

Sanral claims to have used data from its toll collection system to calculate these figures; the initial calculations done over a two-month period. However, the system has been live for a year and these conclusions were apparently confirmed as accurate over the longer period, too.


Of the 2.5-million vehicles checked, only 4700 would have reached the R450-a-month cap, according to the agency's data.

Sanral’s communications manager Vusi Mona said: "So much for the scare stories that have been doing the rounds! If you're one of those paying the maximum amount, you will have travelled through 301 gantries and done an average of 2760km during the month on the e-tolled roads. That is, of course, if you are fitted with an e-tag and have an up-to-date registered account.

"If not, it will cost almost double."

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
• 1.82% will pay R201 - R300
• 0.59% will pay R300 - R450

Mona pointed to what he said were "other useful GFIP-facts". "Public transport operators can apply for exemption; visitors from outside Gauteng will have to pay tolls; duplicate or cloned number plates will be picked by the e-toll system because an e-tag is registered to one number plate only."

"Register," urged Mona. "It's an easy thing to do and will save you money."

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