Consumer Commissioner to look into e-toll pricing

The National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala said on Monday she will look into complaints about the...

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The National Consumer Commissioner Mamodupi Mohlala said on Monday she will look into complaints about the exorbitant rates that motorists without e-tags will have to pay to use Gauteng's highways.

The South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) warned that motorists who were not registered for e-tags would be forced to pay a rate three times higher than normal, to use Gauteng's arterial roads.

This means they will be charged R1,75 per kilometer, compared to the standard tariff of R0,30 for registered users.

The Democratic Alliance lodged a complaint at the weekend.

On Monday the Freedom Front Plus (FFP) agreed that the commissioner should investigate.

"What is significant about this new number is that as far as we're concerned, they are asking non-users to subsidise e-tag users," said the FFP's Anton Alberts.

Meanwhile, Sanral said while only 300,000 e-tag accounts were registered ahead of the implementation of tolling at the end of April, the number of people who are preparing to use e-tags may be far higher.

Sanral's Nazir Allie said the number of accounts that were opened so far does not necessarily reflect the number of people who have bought e-tags.

"For argument's sake, if there are three cars in the family, you can register that as one account."