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E-tolls: Is Sanral kidding itself?

Sanral says e-toll collections are consistently increasing and the public is buying into the system.

FILE: Sanral says there's been a steady rise in the number motorists paying their tolls. Picture: EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says e-toll collections are consistently increasing, and there is evidence that a greater portion of the public are buying into the system.

Earlier this year, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the fees would be reduced and a 60 percent discount would be available for drivers of light motor vehicles.

Sanral says there's been a steady rise in the number motorists paying their tolls, with only a slight decline in August.

Spokesperson Vusi Mona says this is because motorists are waiting to make use of the discount, which still needs to come into effect.

"When people came forward to pay, they indicated that they wanted to take advantage of the 60 percent discount and we advised them that they should rather wait."

But spokesperson for the opposition to urban tolling alliance Wayne Duvenage says Sanral is "kidding itself?"

"It is about the principle of e-tolls, the inefficiency, the lack of transparency and the high cost of collection in that. That is the issue here."