E-tolls to go live in South Africa

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The electronic tolling system on Gauteng’s upgraded freeways will officially go live on 3 December 2013, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters announced on 20 November 2013.

This comes after the signing into law of the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill by President Jacob Zuma in September 2013.

The South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) welcomes the announcement by the Minister of Transport today that tolling on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) will begin on 3 December.

“This is good news. SANRAL can now get on with its business – to build, maintain and improve South Africa’s national road network,” says Nazir Alli, SANRAL CEO.

“We now have certainty as to when tolling on the inner Gauteng highways can begin. SANRAL can now service the debt it had incurred to upgrade these vital roads.

“The tolling system is up and running at the moment and we therefore expect a smooth beginning to actually collecting tolls on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP). It is important to note that of the more than 700 000 km of roads in the country, only 19 704 are part of the national network and thus SANRAL’s responsibility.

“Of the latter only 16% are tolled – some 3 120 km. Of the tolled roads, only 201 km form part of the GFIP. The figures are important to keep a proper perspective.” says Alli.

With all uncertainty out of the way, motorists are encouraged to obtain an e-tag. “It is the right thing to do and also easier and cheaper than using the roads without a tag,” concludes Alli.

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