Demystifying the new eTolls payment scheme

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a new payment scheme for the controversial Gauteng eToll system this afternoon. He said that the scheme, which will be implemented in phases over next 2 to 3 months is designed to safeguard the integrity of the fiscus.

The scheme includes concessions like:

  • If you drive a light motor vehicle you won't pay more than R225 a month.
  • A single reduced tariff of 30c per km for all motorists. A fifty percent reduction.
  • 30 free gantry passes a year.
  • All users who do not pay tolls in the required 30 days will have to pay double. But that this will be capped.

Wayne Duvenage, Chairman of OUTA - the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance - had this to say on Twitter as the announcement was made:

Speaking to 702's Xolani Gwala spoke to him in Afternoon Drive, Duvenhage pointed out how the new schemes links to licence registrations was inviting the emergence of corrupt businesses around fake licence discs and registration practices...

They're going to spawn a whole new industry around licence discs!

Click here for Duvenhage's full interview with Xolani...

Another high profile person opposing the eTolls since their inception has been Zwelinzima Vavi. His position doesn't seem to have changed on the matter...

People are refusing to pay for something designed to milk them!

He was careful to warn people against having the wool pulled over their eyes...

They will increase the rates immedately once they see raised levels of compliance!

Click here to listen to his chat with Xolani...

In his State of the Province speech last year Gauteng Premier David Mokura announced a plan to establish a panel to review e-tolls in the province. That panel's findings and recommendations were submitted for consideration, and according to Provincial Government spokesperson Thabo Masebe this scheme responds directly to those needs. Listen to his interview with Xolani here...

Nkenke Kekana speaks for the ANC in Gauteng...

Prof Muxe Nkondo is the Chair of the eToll Review Panel...

Keep revisiting this article for updates as they happen!

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