Pretoria: Only a fraction of road users of the Gauteng Road Improvement Project (GFIP) will pay the maximum monthly cost of using the road, which is capped at R450 for those who have registered for e-tags. South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) Head of Communications, Vusi Mona, said e-tolling will not cost motorists a fortune, as the vast majority of motorists (82.83%) will only pay R100 a month.
He said Sanral used actual data from its toll collection system to calculate these figures, adding that the initial calculations were done over a two-month period.
Mona said the system has been live for 12 months and these conclusions were confirmed to be accurate over the longer period too.
“Of the 2.5 million vehicles checked in this manner, only 4 700 will pay the capped R450 a month… If you are one of those paying the maximum amount, you will have travelled through 301 gantries and done an average of 2 760 km during the month on the e-tolled roads.
“That is, of course, if you are fitted with an e-tag and have an up-to-date registered account. If not, it will cost almost double,” he said.
Sanral’s plate recognition has shown what motorists will pay monthly:
82.83 percent will pay less than a R100
10.10 percent will pay R101 – R200
1.82 percent will pay R201 – R300
0.59 percent will pay R300 – R450
“Public transport operators can apply for exemption. Visitors from outside Gauteng will have to pay tolls. Duplicate or cloned number plates will be picked by the e-toll system because an e-tag is registered to one number plate only. We want to continue urging motorists to register,” Mona said.