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E-tolls could lead to more costs for consumers

Outa says if freight companies are paying more for e-tolls in off peak times, consumers could feel the brunt.

EWN on Tuesday revealed that new revised e-tolls tariffs have resulted in law abiding motorists and companies paying more per month rather than less. Picture: Aki Anastasiou via twitter.

JOHANNESBURG - The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa) says consumers could end up paying more for transported goods if freight companies are paying more for e-tolls in off peak times.

Eyewitness News on Tuesday revealed new revised e-tolls tariffs have resulted in law abiding motorists and companies paying more per month rather than less.

The first wave of the new dispensation of e-toll tariffs in Gauteng came into effect last week.

Freight transporting companies who move goods in off peak times are likely to be hardest hit by the problems with the time of day discount.

Those who were benefiting from the discount are now actually paying more because of a revised standard tariff.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says this is a big concern.

"These costs are passed on to society to increase costs and consumer goods so it certainly is a big deal."

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it is aware of the unintended repercussions that the revised standard tariff has on the time of day discount and it is investigating the matter.

Sanral says it will inform the public of the outcome of its investigation in due course.