Only 9% of Gauteng motorists interviewed by Ask Afrika had an e-tag on the day before e-tolls were launched. Fifty-seven percent said they won’t pay an e-toll account.
The market research company interviewed 222 people on 2 December, after being commissioned by 702 Eyewitness News.
The system was implemented on 3 December amid huge resistance from motorists and calls from community leaders and opposition parties on people not to obtain e-tags and thereby render the system unworkable.
The polls showed that 91% of the respondents did not have an e-tag and 71% of them did not intend getting one. Only 42% said they were prepared to pay up if they received an e-toll account.
Paida Mugudubi, commercial director for consumer markets at Ask Afrika said in a statement it would be interesting to see whether the current apathy is sustained once debt collectors start knocking on motorists’ doors.
The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) said in early December that e-toll registrations stood at more than 800 000 with a last minute spike in registrations.