The information on this page has been cut back whilst waiting for clarity on e-Tolls.
A full bench of the North Gauteng High Court reviewd the toll system on Monday 26th November, and passed judgement in favour of e-Tolling.
On Tuesday 5th March 2013, the National Assembly passed a bill that would legally allow e-Tolls to be implemented!
With this being a one sided, party political issue, the ANC has ignored the fact that an overwhelming majority of society has rejected e-tolls!
The much maligned and discredited e-Toll road system - using e-Tags for payment, that was proposed and accepted by the Government in 2007, has been widely opposed by trade unions, businesses and the motoring public.
It was this public opposition that persuaded government to postpone the planned start of e-toll collections, and rethink the high toll road tariffs.
An e-Toll gantry that reads the vehicles e-Tag information, on a freeway through Johannesburg.
At the core of the controversy is how government has, with virtually no consultation, inflicted the system on a very wary public!
With limited public transport and a decentralised commercial geographic locale, the private car is unfortunately an inescapable part of Johannesburg's character.
Road users are forced to use these freeways' on a daily basis - both to and from work, with very little option!
Secondly, the collection of payments has been awarded to an overseas company, and the excessive collection costs are tantamount to the cost of the road improvement itself!
Correctly called the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), tolling was deemed to be necessary due the huge growth and development that has taken place in and around Africa's powerhouse, Johannesburg.
The immediate area creates 38% of South Africa's wealth, but the outdated road system resulted in nightmarish traffic congestion and huge delays for road users.
The highways that have been improved, traverse the three metropolitan areas of Johannesburg, Ekurhuleni (east of Johannesburg) and to the north, Tshwane (Pretoria).
185 kms of freeways established years ago, as well as a further 376 kms of newly built or upgraded freeways, and 34 interchanges will be tolled.
These freeways will have a minimum of four lanes in each direction, and in some sections, six.
A significant amount of work, and with it - a significant cost!
The Ukhozi e-Toll sign on the N1 in Johannesburg, advising motorists what the cost will be to use that section of freeway.
POSITIONING OF GANTRIES :
Using the directional toll strategy, which is thought to be the most cost effective method, the gantries are positioned, in what look like random, haphazard sites, over only one direction of traffic.
This will allow some road users to drive over short distances without having to pay toll fees, whereas others will have to pay the full toll fee for that section, regardless of how little of the freeway they use.
e-TAG TOLL GANTRIES :
The Open Road Tolling (ORT) system, allows for toll fees to be collected without drivers having to slow down or stop.
With no physical toll booths, the overhead gantries identify the vehicle by either the vehicles e-tag or by the VLP (vehicle license plate).
42 toll points, identified by their gantries, will be operational on the following Freeways :
N1 : 17 Gantries (South - 8; North - 9)
N3 : 8 Gantries (South - 4; North - 4)
N12 : 8 Gantries (South - 4; North - 4)
R21 : 8 Gantries (South - 4; north - 4)
P119-1 : 1 Gantry
Page uploaded : 23rd November 2012
Page updated : 7th March 2013
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