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Sanral confident 60% discount will help motorists pay e-toll bills

The second phase of the new e-toll dispensation came into effect this month.

FILE: This once-off discount applies to all unpaid e-tolls levied of 'Gauteng freeway improvement project' roads from third of December 2013 up to the last day of August this year. Picture: Christa van der Walt/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is confident motorists who have not settled their unpaid e-toll bills up to now will grab the discount opportunity which is now in active.

The second phase of the new e-toll dispensation has come into effect this month, giving motorists a 60 percent reduction of the e-toll debt in arrears.

This once-off discount applies to all unpaid e-tolls levied of "Gauteng freeway improvement project" roads from 3 December 2013 up to the last day of August this year.

Others include a 50 percent reduction in maximum monthly costs for registered motorists.

But the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance believes this discount phase won't change much for the roads agency, who is struggling to get motorists to pay up.

Sanral spokesperson Vusi Mona disagrees.

"After the deputy president announced the new package last May, we saw a marginal increase in collection. I think for a period of three months there was an upward trend but it stagnated, because a lot of people who were coming to us were saying 'we are waiting for the 60 percent discount to kick in before we can pay'".