Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa has announced that e-tolling will remain in place, but at significantly reduced rates.
The tariffs for light motor vehicles will be reduced from 58c/km to 30c/km, said Ramaphosa.
Light motor vehicle drivers will also enjoy a reduced monthly cap of R225 per month, down from the usual R450.
These discounts will apply whether you have an e-tag or not. Road users will also be granted 30 free gantry trips per year.
Motorists will have to pay their outstanding e-tolls upon renewal of vehicle licences, Ramaphosa said, “creating a solid link between road users and the e-toll system”.
E-toll fees currently outstanding will be discounted by 60%, Ramaphosa announced. Road users currently in arrears will have six months to pay.
Outstanding e-toll fees will be linked to the license renewal system, he added, saying that road users will have to settle their bills with Sanral before new license discs will be issued.
“The new e-tolls dispensation is the product of extensive public consultation, deliberations within government, and approval by Cabinet,” the Presidency said.
While the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa), which called for e-tolling to be scrapped, may be disappointed, the announcement was not unexpected.
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene said in his 2015/16 budget speech that the principle of tolling remained firmly in place.
“Cost recovery from road users will continue to be the principal financing mechanism for this major road system,” he said.