THE NEW toll tariffs and monthly caps for registered users were gazetted on 17 June 2015 and are effective from 2 July 2015. This is the first part of the New Dispensation announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on 20 May this year.
“Government listened to the concerns of lower- and middle income communities about the impact of transport costs on their budgets, and responded by reducing the tariffs,” says SANRAL’s Head of Communications, Vusi Mona.
Accountholders are the first to benefit from the new dispensation with reduced tariffs per kilometre and monthly caps on all classes of vehicles. For light vehicles the monthly cap is now only R225 for SANRAL account holders – down by 50% from the R450 per month that has been levied up until now. Existing SANRAL account holders can continue managing their account as usual. The system will be automatically adjusted to recognise SANRAL account holders.
Mona says existing payment options will remain in place and SANRAL account holders will continue to have access to a wide range of choices on how to settle their bills.
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.
Because the Government Gazette is a legal instrument, notices must be written in ‘legalese’ – which is unfortunate as it makes it harder for the layperson to understand and for detractors to further confuse rather than clarify. However, in order to explain the contents of the Gazette, and also to explain the phased implementation of the New Dispensation, 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,” Mona says.
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