Photo: Duane Daws

Photo: Duane Daws

South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has welcomed the revised e-toll tariffs announced by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday (18 May).

“The announcement today by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa of the new e-toll dispensation is affirmation that the user-pay principle will be retained as the major funding method for the Gauteng e-toll system,” Sanral said.

The new e-tolls dispensation comes in the form of a new hybrid model, to fund 200km of Gauteng’s freeways as part of Phase 1 of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP).

The bulk of funds will be drawn from users of the Gauteng e-roads, while the shortfall will be supplemented by funding from the Gauteng Provincial government.

The monthly cap for e-toll road users has been adjusted to R225, from R450 previously.

The current 58 cents per kilometre will be reduced to 30 cents per kilometre for people using e-roads.

“We welcome the decision made and hope that the matter is now laid to rest so that we can focus all our energies on executing our mandate to the benefit of all South Africans,” said Sanral CEO, Nazir Alli.

He stressed that retaining the user-pay principle ensures equity and efficiency in the allocation of resources and allows for future phases of the project to go ahead, certainty for investors and for new infrastructure to be financed and constructed timeously, sustaining the job creation growth.

Implementation timeframes will be announced by the Minister of Transport as changes to the system must be gazetted, Sanral said.