Ekurhuleni Municipality in talks with Sanral over e-toll debt

It’s emerged several Gauteng municipalities haven't settled their e-toll debt amounting to R2,4 million.

FILE: The Transport Department has called on councils to lead by example. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality says it's in talks with the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) to verify whether it does indeed owe R1,8 million in e-toll bills.

The council has refused to pay the bill saying it suspects the figure is exaggerated.

It's emerged that several Gauteng municipalities have not settled their e-tolls debt to the tune of a collective R2,4 million.

The Transport Department has called on councils to lead by example.

But Ekurhuleni Municipality spokesperson Themba Radebe says they first have to confirm the exact amount that's owed.

"Right now we are trying to verify our records with Sanral in order to determine what the accurate figure is."

NEW E-TOLL FEE STRUCTURE

In May, Cyril 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 would 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 also have to pay their toll bills before renewing their car licenses.

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

Users would also benefit from 30 free gantry passes every year.

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

Ramaphosa said the 'new dispensation' would be implemented in phases.