Freeway toll tariffs to include discounts

Posted On Monday, 07 February 2011 02:00 Published by eProp Commercial Property News
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The fee structure for the Gauteng freeway network will include discounts for off-peak travel, e-tag users, frequent users and qualifying public transport operators.

Road InfrastructureThe fee structure for the Gauteng freeway network will include discounts for off-peak travel, e-tag users, frequent users and qualifying public transport operators, according to the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL).

Releasing the toll tariffs for its e-toll network on Friday, SANRAL added that toll fees would be collected through a series of overhead toll points or gantries.

"These gantries are fitted with toll-collection equipment that will recognise the electronic transponder (e-tag) in a vehicle and/or the vehicle number plate.

"Toll will be deducted from a user's registered e-toll account associated with the vehicle and the user will be able to travel without any disruptions," said SANRAL CEO Nazir Alli.

Each time a vehicle passes underneath a gantry, a toll will be charged. "The cost per gantry is determined by the kilometre distance that the toll point/gantry represents.

"The toll tariff is calculated by multiplying this distance, represented by the toll point, with the cents-per-kilometre rate."

On this network a directional toll strategy had been implemented.

"This means that at any one specific position, only one direction of the route is tolled," Alli added.

He said the practical implications of this toll strategy were that, in some instances, road users might travel on the tolled route but exit the system before passing a gantry (toll point), which would mean a "free ride".

"But, on the return trip, the road user might pass a gantry for which they will be charged, thus balancing the cost."

Some road users might enter the system just for a short distance, before a gantry and the full gantry cost would apply, even though they did not travel the whole section of road.

"Road users may also enter the road network and exit it, without going through a tolling point at all," Alli noted.

SANRAL said that the discounts available included:

- e-toll tag discounts: 25% discount will be available for all vehicle classes;

- period discounts, also know as time-of-day discounts: applicable to all vehicle classes;

- public transport operator discount: a discount of 50% will be applied to all vehicle classes, only for registered e-toll tag account holders, for trips undertaken by a public transport vehicle;

- frequent user discount: this discount is only applicable for light vehicles (including motorcycles) that are registered e-toll tag account holders, and not applicable to public transport operators.

The period, public transport operator and frequent user discounts were in addition to the e-tag discount for qualifying road users.

To calculate their daily, weekly or monthly toll tariffs, road users could log on to www.sanral.co.za/tollcalc where they would have access to an easy-to-use online toll calculator, Alli said.

All roads users travelling on the network would be liable for toll fees.

Registration would commence in the second quarter of 2011 and road users would be able to register an e-toll account in the following ways:

- at the e-toll customer service website, www.sanral.co.za;

- at e-toll customer service kiosks located at shopping malls;

- at e-toll customer service centres situated along the freeway network;

- by contacting the e-toll call centre; or

- buying an e-tag, similar to the well-known cellphone starter pack, at conveniently located retail outlets.

 

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