Sanral to increase toll fees in March

Sanral says this will include the first increase to the e-tolls since they were launched in 2013.

FILE: The new toll fees are published in the government gazette this week and will apply to all toll fees on the national routes. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) says it will be adjusting toll fees from the 1 March, which could see motorists digging deeper into their pockets on long distanced trips for Easter and the long weekends.

The new toll fees are published in the government gazette this week and will apply to all toll fees on the national routes.

Sanral says these are merely adjustment which are made according to the consumer pricing index measures for the past 12 months.

The agency's spokesperson Vusi Mona says this will also include the first increase to the e-tolls since they were launched in 2013.

"We looked at the past 12 months' consumer price index and applied that percentage in adjusting the toll service. I must emphasise that from our perspective this is an adjustment, not an increase."

But the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance' s Wayne Duvenage says some serious questions must be asked about how Sanral must keep increasing tolls on the roads.

"We've seen this over time. The problem that we have is that the assets are depreciating in value and there should be no reason to continuously increase the toll charges."