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Two big e-toll changes to come into effect at midnight

From midnight the new lower tariffs will be charged regardless of whether motorists have e-tags or not.

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

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says the first two major changes to the multi-billion rand e-tolling system will come into effect at midnight.

The new e-tolls dispensation was announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa after years of court cases, public opposition and a provincial review of the project.

Critics, however, remain unmoved claiming the majority of motorists in Gauteng have rejected e-tolling.

Sanral's Vusi Mona says all the changes announced by Ramaphosa are being implemented in stages over the next year and a half.

From midnight the new lower tariffs will be charged regardless of whether motorists have e-tags or not.

"It's in response to the concerns raised by citizens that there were too many tariff structures and they were confusing."

The second change will apply to registered users only and will see a 50 percent drop in the monthly cap.

The rest of the changes, including the linking of e-toll payments to license disk renewals, will come over the next 18 months.

NEW E-TOLL FEE STRUCTURE

In May Ramaphosa announced a new model for e-tolls which would see many costs for consumers halved.

The deputy president said there would be a single reduced tariff of 30 cents per kilometre and this will apply for all motorists. This is a 50 percent reduction and applies to light motor vehicles.

"If a person was paying R450 they will now pay R225 per month. All users who do not pay tolls in the required 30 days will have to pay double. This will be capped."

To ensure compliance, motorists will have to pay their toll bills before renewing their car licenses.

Ramaphosa said outstanding e-toll bills will be reduced by 60 percent.

Users will also benefit from 30 free gantry passes a year.

Public transport, including buses and taxis which have permits, will remain exempted.

Ramaphosa says the new dispensation will be implemented in phases, with a revised cap to be implemented in the next two to three months.

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