E-Tolls in Gauteng
E-toll account registration and e-tags distribution for phase one of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) is expected to start on Monday, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said.
"Sanral wishes to encourage all Gauteng e-road users to become e-toll ready the most cost effective way, by getting an e-tag, registering an e-toll account and fitting their e-tag to the inside of their windscreen," the agency said.
Gauteng e-toll tags would only be operational at the Bakwena toll plazas from February 2012.
An e-tag will cost R50 a vehicle and the deposit will be credited to the motorist's account. The e-tags would be available from Checkers, Pick n Pay, Shoprite, customer service outlets in Gauteng malls or customer centres along the Gauteng e-road.
E-tags can also be ordered online at www.sanral.co.za, or through the e-toll call centre at 0800 726 725. Gauteng e-road users could register for a prepaid account or a credit card settlement account.
Special arrangements have been put in place for buying e-tags and registering an e-toll account for fleets and groups of 50 or more. Details are available from the e-toll website.
Road users that choose not to have an e-tag can pay their toll by registering their vehicle licence plate number or by buying a day pass.
Qualifying commuter buses and taxis would be exempted from tolls on registered routes.
"Application for this exemption is not open yet; however, operators that choose to register an e-toll account now may still do so."
Last week, the transport ministry said planned tolling of roads in the country remained suspended.
Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele ordered a halt to all road project processes related to the tolling of national roads on October 23.
Rikhotso said the cabinet had already made pronouncements on GFIP phase one when it released the revised fees, which included major discounts for regular users and total exemptions for public transport vehicles.
The cabinet agreed that light motor vehicles would pay R0.40/km, medium vehicles R1/km, "longer" vehicles R2/km, and bikers R0.24/km.