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E-toll tariff increase like 'putting air into a burst tyre'

The roads agency will increase toll fees by five percent from 1 March.

People burned their e-toll bills at an event launched during Cosatu’s defiance campaign against the collection system on 24 July 2014. Picture: Govan Whittles/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Anti e-toll group Outa says the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral)'s increased tariffs are a futile exercise because people are not paying.

Sanral says it will adjust toll fees by five percent from 1 March.

Outa's Wayne Duvenage says with less than 10 percent of motorists paying for e-tolls, the system could be likened to putting air into a burst tyre.

"The system has defunct and it has failed to achieve its objectives, which is to finance and service a bond of R260 million a month."

Some motorists say the toll fees adjustment is ridiculous.

"I travel with someone who pays e-tolls and he will probably increase his transport fees for me. I don't know how I am going to afford the increase," a concerned motorist said.

Another motorist says the increase will only make things worse.

Last year Sanral implemented a six year period where motorist would see a 60 percent discount on what they owe.