Sanral records increase in e-tag sales

Pretoria – South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says there has been an increase in the sale of e-tags after the dismissal of a court appeal against the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

Last week, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed the Opposition to Urban Tolling Association’s (Outa) bid to stop the implementation of e-tolls on Gauteng’s freeways.

According to newspaper reports, Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona said the company had sold about 8000 e-tags since the court verdict.

Mona said through a monitoring system at its central operations centre, Sanral had witnessed more people coming into its kiosks to purchase e-tags and register for e-tolls.

He added that sales in e-tags may have previously been stagnant because of the unsettled court process.

Acting Cabinet spokesperson Phumla Williams said last week a total of 680 000 e-toll tags were in circulation.

President Jacob Zuma signed the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Act in to law in September, and the Department of Transport has gazetted the final regulations, notices and toll tariffs.

Sanral has maintained that only a fraction of road users of the GFIP will pay the maximum monthly cost of using the road, which is capped at R450 for those who have registered for e-tags.

The vast majority of motorists (82.83%) are expected to only pay R100 a month. –

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