First On EWN: New e-toll numbers don't add up

EWN has established that the new e-toll dispensation is resulting in some paying more rather than less.

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

JOHANNESBURG - Eyewitness News has established that the new revised e-toll tariffs are resulting in some compliant, 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 wee k.

The new laws were announced in May after years of legal challenges, protests and a provincial review involving public consultation.

As part of the old dispensation, registered e-tag users used to benefit from an e-tag discount of 48 percent.

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has done away with that, and now everyone gets charged a new flat rate.

But this means that compliant users who had benefitted from a time of day discount during off peak hours are now paying more because this discount is being applied to a lowered standard tariff.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa)'s Wayne Duvenage has explained.

"The rate that is applied during the time of day discount is actually higher than what it was during the old dispensation, so to speak. It's actually gone the other way. It's gotten more expensive."

Sanral said it's aware of the unintended repercussions that the revised standard tariff has on the time of day discount, and it is investigating the matter.

_ Click here_ to read an explanation of why the numbers (and government's maths) don't add up.