Sanral investigates after new e-toll amounts don’t add up

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

Cosatu members prepare for the drive-slow protest by attaching anti-e-toll banners onto their cars. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has said it's investigating after it emerged that some compliant motorists and companies are paying more for e-tolls during off peak times under the new dispensation of laws.

Eyewitness News has established that the 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.

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

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.

It said it will inform the public of the outcome of its investigation in due course.

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (Outa)'s Wayne Duvenage said the anti-tolling organisation has received numerous complaints from the public.

"There are a lot of businesses who are planning their trips after hours or out of the peak periods because they were enduring a far lower rate. And is a significant rate to what they're enduring now."

Most of those affected are companies who transport goods in off peak times.

It's estimated these tagged users could be paying as much as 67 percent more during off peak times than under the old dispensation.

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