The first part of the new e-toll dispensation announced by government in May will come into effect on Wednesday.
Account holders are the first to benefit from the new dispensation, with reduced tariffs per kilometre and monthly caps on all classes of vehicles.
The monthly caps for registered users were gazetted on 17 June 2015.
For light vehicles, the monthly cap is now R225 for Sanral account holders — down by 50% from the R450/month that has been levied up until now.
Existing Sanral account holders can continue managing their account as usual. The system will be automatically adjusted to recognise Sanral account holders.
The introduction of the lowered standard tariff that is now the same as the e-tag tariff will provide relief to users who are not registered.
According to the new dispensation:
- Class A1 (motorcycles and similar) will pay 18c/km — about a 50% reduction
- Class A2 (light motor vehicle and similar) will pay 30c/km, down from 58c/km
- Class B (medium heavy vehicles and similar) will now pay 75c/km, also a 50% reduction
- Those driving Class C (large vehicles and similar) will pay R1,50/kilometre, also a 50% cut
In order to explain the contents and the phased implementation of the new dispensation, an explanatory memorandum was included in the toll tariff notice published in the Government Gazette.
“We remind road users that all aspects of the new dispensation on the Gauteng e-roads will take place over the next 18 months,” said Sanral spokesman Vusi Mona.
According to Mona, Sanral is working with the department of transport and has already started with the administrative and legal processes to implement the new dispensation.
“The implementation requires software and operational changes that must be implemented in accordance with best practices. We want to test these changes to the system thoroughly to ensure a smooth transition.”
The relief announced for road users that do not have a Sanral account will also become applicable once changes have been made to the system.
The implementation date of the 60% discount on existing debt in arrears, dating back to December 2013, will be announced by the minister of transport, once it becomes available.
Other new features, such as 30 free gantry passes per year, will be announced once the system and administrative requirements have been fulfilled, said Mona.
The new dispensation also means that all the administrative and technical loopholes will be closed.
“Every road user will pay their fair share while both the national and provincial governments will also make their contributions in accordance with the hybrid funding model that was proposed by the e-toll advisory panel.” — SAnews