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Sanral: 960,000 e-tags sold

The roads agency says e-tag sales are reaching the million mark amid billing issues.

The roads agency says e-tag sales are reaching the million mark amid billing issues. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - One month after the launch of e-tolling in Gauteng, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says 960,000 e-tags have been sold.

Complaints have been pouring in from motorists about payment methods, harassing SMSs and incorrect billing.

In one of the latest incidents, a woman was charged for six cars that she says she doesn't own but were registered under her maiden name.

The roads agency spokesman Vusi Mona says there are numerous ways for non-registered road users to pay, including visiting one of the walk-in centres, over the phone and online.

"The obligation to pay arises as soon as you go under the gantries. There are notices on the highway telling you exactly how much you're supposed to be paying."

He says the number of e-tags sold is approaching the million mark.

"We are very thankful to those motorists who have cooperated with us."

E-tolling was launched in the province on 3 December 2013 amid widespread calls for defiance from unions, business and Gauteng motorists to boycott the gantries.