Big drop in e-toll registrations

Transport officials blame the decrease on the Gauteng government’s e-toll review panel.

An e-toll gantry on the N1 in Johannesburg. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - There has been a dramatic drop in the number of people registering for e-tolls, the Department of Transport revealed on Tuesday.

Around 26,000 e-tags were sold in January while only 20,000 were sold in April, the department said in response to a parliamentary question.

When the controversial system was first launched, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) claimed it registered as many as 350,000 e-tags in a single month.

The answers further revealed a steady drop in the revenue collected versus the spike in forecasted figures.

Freedom Front Plus Member of Parliament (MP) Anton Alberts said the figures clearly showed Gauteng motorists rejected e-tolls.

"It will implode because it's not a legitimate system and people are rejecting it."

Transport Department spokesperson Tiyani Rikhotso said the review process launched in Gauteng had a huge impact on the project and once this was concluded, the system would pick up again.

"This can't be an indication of the failure of the system."

The department was also asked questions about the number of users who deregistered.