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IT is going to cost more to travel on Gauteng’s highways, although various discounts on toll tariffs have been announced by Sanral.
SOME 185 kilometres of road in the Gauteng Freeway Network will be tolled, using specialised gantries over the roads, although a series of discounts will be built into the fee structure, the South African National Road Agency Limited (Sanral) has said.

 

Motor vehicles fitted with an e-tag will get a discountMotor vehicles fitted with an e-tag will get a discountThe toll per journey can be calculated by multiplying the distance travelled, represented by a toll point, with the cents per kilometre rate, which is variable. A directional toll strategy has been implemented, which means that at any one specific position, only one direction of the route is tolled.
 

“The fee structure will include discounts for off-peak travel, etag users, frequent users and qualifying public transport operators,” said Sanral’s chief executive officer, Nazir Alli, at the media briefing to announce the toll tariffs on 4 February.

Known as an open road tolling system, fees are collected through a series of overhead toll points or gantries. The toll roads are part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), a long-term strategy to improve highways in the province and ease traffic congestion.

“These gantries are fitted with toll collection equipment that will recognise the electronic transponder [etag] in a vehicle and/or the vehicle number plate. Toll will be deducted from a user’s registered etoll account associated with the vehicle and the user will be able to travel without any disruptions,” said Alli.

Motorists using a light motor vehicle (without an e-tag) travelling from Lenasia along the N1 highway to the inner city or Pretoria, for example, will pay R3.43 per trip at the Ilowe Gantry Point, located just before the Diepkloof Interchange. Light motor vehicles fitted with an e-tag will be charged R2.57 at the same Ganrty Point. For a full list of toll fees click here.

Sanral is completing its toll gantries – there are 42 around the province – and they will be fully fitted with toll collection equipment that will recognise the etag fitted on to vehicles. Vehicles’ number plates will be photographed from the front and back as part of the verification process, and also for all those that do not have an etag.

Each time a vehicle passes underneath a gantry, a toll will be charged. The cost per gantry is determined by the kilometre distance that the specific toll point represents.
 

 

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Free ride

“The practical implications of this toll strategy are that, in some instances road users might travel on the tolled route, but exit the system before passing a gantry, which would mean a ‘free ride’. But, on the return trip, the road user might pass a gantry for which they will be charged, thus balancing the cost.”

Alli added: “Some road users might enter the system just for a short distance, before a gantry and the full gantry cost would apply, even though he/she did not travel the whole section of road. Road users may also enter the road network and exit it, without going through a tolling point at all.”

The discounts are:

• Etoll tag discounts of 25 percent for all vehicle classes;
• Period discounts, or time of day discounts, applicable to all vehicle classes;
• Public transport operator discount of 50 percent will be applied to all vehicle classes, only for registered etoll tag account holders, for trips undertaken by public transport vehicles; and
• Frequent user discount for light vehicles, including motorbikes, that are registered etoll tag account holders – this is not for public transport operators.

The period, public transport operator and frequent user discounts are in addition to the etag discount. To calculate their daily, weekly or monthly toll tariffs, road users should visit Sanral’s online toll calculator www.sanral.co.za/tollcalc.

All roads users travelling on the GFIP network will be liable for toll fees. The project will be piloted in April, and be fully up and running in June. Registration begins in the second quarter of 2011 and there are various ways to register for an etoll account:

• At the etoll customer service website www.sanral.co.za;
• At etoll customer service kiosks at shopping malls;
• At etoll customer service centres situated along the freeway network;
• By contacting the etoll call centre; or
• By buying an etag at retail outlets, similar to cellphone starter packs.

For more information about the tolling system, visit the Sanral website, call 012 426 6200 or email info@nra.co.za.
 

 

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