New e-toll prices kick in this week

The South African National Roads Agency Limited has announced that the new e-toll tariffs and monthly caps for registered users go live from 2 July.

“This is the first part of the New Dispensation announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on 20 May this year,” said Sanral.

Because the Government Gazette is a legal instrument, notices must be written in “legalese”, which Sanral said is unfortunate as it makes it harder for the layperson to understand, “and for detractors to further confuse rather than clarify.”

To explain the contents of the Gazette and the phased implementation of the New Dispensation, Sanral said an explanatory memorandum was included in the toll tariff notice 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.

Sanral provided the table below to summarise what was announced.

Nr Announced Timeline announced Actual Gazette 38884 dd 17 June
1. A single, reduced tariff will apply to all motorists. As an example, the current standard tariff of 58c per kilometre for light motor vehicles will be reduced to 30c per kilometre. This single tariff will apply to all motorists within a vehicle class whether they have an e-tag or not or whether they are registered with SANRAL or not. 10 to 12 weeks 4 to 6 weeks Section 3 – specifically 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3. This section sets a single, standard tariff applicable to all except for the alternate user (3.2.4). This is however only a de iure exception as a legislative change is required to do away with the term ‘alternate user’. De facto there is no such thing as an alternate user.
2. The monthly cap has been dramatically reduced. Users of light motor vehicles who are directly registered with SANRAL will not pay more than R225 a month. This is half the current monthly cap of R450 a month. Revised caps will also be introduced for other vehicle classes. 10 to 12 weeks 4 to 6 weeks Section 5.14 and the table contained in this section.
3. There will be no charge for infrequent users who make less than 30 gantry passes a year. If a user exceeds 30 gantry passes in a 12-month period, they will be liable for the usual charges. 6 to 18 months To be gazetted To be gazetted as it requires legislative changes and/or extensive system changes.
4. E-toll fees that are currently outstanding will be discounted by 60%. Users will have six months within which to settle debt or making a payment arrangement dating back to December 2013 at the discounted tariff. This does not disadvantage users who have been paying e-tolls all along. 3 to 4 months To be gazetted Section 5.22 – note “it shall not come into operation on the Effective Date [2 July]) and shall only become operative from a date subsequently determined by the Minister and made known by the Minister in the Gazette”.
5. Settlement of e-toll fees will be linked to licence renewal. To further simplify the process and ensure better integration of road management systems, motorists will need to settle any outstanding e-toll fees before vehicle licence discs are issued. 6 to 18 months To be gazetted To be gazetted as it requires legislative changes and/or extensive system changes.

According to Sanral, account holders will be the first to benefit from the new dispensation with reduced tariffs per kilometre and monthly caps on all classes of vehicles.

The monthly cap for light vehicles is now R225 for e-toll account holders, said Sanral.

The table below details which monthly cap a class of car will qualify for from 2 July.

Class Description Dimensions Cap
A1 Motor cycles
  • Total vehicle length less than 3,0 m, width less than 1,3 m and height less than 2,5 m
R125.00
A2 Light vehicles (excluding motor cycles)
  • Vehicle length (excluding trailer) less than 6,0 m and
  • Vehicle height (excluding trailer) less than 2,5 m
  • Note: Trailers with a tow bar are allowed and are excluded from the dimensions for light vehicles indicated above
R225.00
B Small heavy vehicles (as per the specified volume and not a class A2 or class C vehicle)
  • Total vehicle length, inclusive of any trailer longer than or equal to 6 m and smaller than or equal to 12,5 m
  • Total vehicle length, inclusive of any trailer less than 6 m and height more than or equal to 2,5 m
R875.00
C Large heavy vehicles (as per the specified volume and not a class A2 or class B vehicle)
  • Total vehicle length, inclusive of any trailer more than 12,.5 m
R2,900.00

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, said Sanral.

Sanral said existing payment options will remain in place and Sanral account holders will continue to have access to the various options they had before to settle their bills.

Sanral noted that the “alternate user” tariff is still listed in the Gazette, but only because a legislative change is required to do away with the term “alternate user”.

De facto there is no such thing as an alternate user,” said Sanral.

The table below shows what the new standard tariff will be at the various gantries listed.

E-toll gantries Class A2 (light vehicle) Class A1 (motorcycle)
Plaza Standard tariff Standard tariff
1, Barbet (N1-21) R3.00 R1.80
2, Mossie (N1-21) R3.00 R1.80
3, Indlazi (N1-21) R2.91 R1.75
4, Pikoko (N1-21) R2.91 R1.75
5, Ivusi (N1-21) R2.76 R1.66
6, Flamingo (N1-21) R2.76 R1.66
7, Ihobe (N1-21) R3.36 R2.02
8, Sunbird (N1-20) R3.36 R2.02
9, Tarentaal (N1-20) R2.58 R1.55
10, Blouvalk (N1, 20) R2.58 R1.55
11, Owl (N1-20) R3.21 R1.92
12, Pelican (N1-20) R3.21 R1.92
13, King Fisher (N1-20) R2.85 R1.71
14, Ukhozi (N1-20) R2.85 R1.71
15, Fiscal (N1-20) R2.52 R1.51
16, Stork (N1-20) R2.52 R1.51
17, Ilowe (N1-20) R0.60 R0.36
18, Leeba (N3-12) R2.16 R1.30
19, Ibis (N3-12) R2.16 R1.30
20, Kiewiet (N3-12) R2.31 R1.39
21, Kwikkie (N3-12) R2.31 R1.39
22, Starling (N3-12) R2.46 R1.47
23, Rooivink (N3-12) R2.46 R1.47
24, Mpshe (N3-12) R1.98 R1.19
25, Oxpecker (N3-12) R1.98 R1.19
28, Phakwe (N12-18) R2.22 R1.33
29, Thaha (N12-18) R3.15 R1.89
30, Lenong (N12-18) R3.36 R2.02
31, Lekgwaba (N12-18) R2.43 R1.46
32, Loerie (N12-19) R3.30 R1.98
33, Gull (N12-19) R3.30 R1.98
34, Ilanda (N12-19) R2.43 R1.46
35, Bee-eater (N12-19) R2.43 R1.46
37, Hadeda (R21-1) R2.43 R1.46
38, Ntsu (R21-1) R2.43 R1.46
39, Heron (R21-1) R2.97 R1.78
40, Bluecrane (R21-1) R2.97 R1.78
41, Swael (R21-2) R4.20 R2.52
42, Letata (R21-2) R4.20 R2.52
43, Swan (R21-2) R3.45 R2.07
44, Weaver (R21-2) R3.45 R2.07
45, Hornbill (R21-2) R1.83 R1.10
47, Ugaga (N12-19) R2.76 R1.66

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