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What does the new amendment on the e-toll legislation really say?

The proposed amendments to the e-toll legislation outlined by Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa were published in the Government Gazette on 17 June 2015.

The motoring public should take note that the legislation takes effect on 2 July 2015 and, more importantly, that only certain aspects of the legislation come into effect on this date.

The amendments have created a reduction and standardization amongst certain classes of tariffs;  the standard tariff and the “beneficial” e-tag user tariff will be the same irrespective of whether you are an e-tag holder or not.

There has also been an extension of the grace period that will only be applicable to a registered user. A registered user will be entitled to a grace period of 31 days to make payment.  However non-registered users will only benefit from a seven day grace period.

The other notable amendment which commences on the 2 July 2015 relates to the capping of the maximum threshold amount applicable to a frequent user. There are particular capping amounts relevant to certain categories of vehicles that frequently use the toll road. 

SANRAL’s vehicle categories are:

GAUTENG ORT VEHICLE CLASSIFICATION SYSTEM
Class


Description


 Dimensions (volumetric measure)
                                                
A1


Motorcycles


Total vehicle length < 3.0m, width < 1.3m and height < 2.5 m

e-toll threshold amount is above R 125.00

A2


Light Vehicles (excluding motorcycles)


Vehicle length (excluding trailer) < 6.0m and Vehicle height (excluding trailer) < 2.5m Note: Trailers with a tow bar are allowed and are excluded from the dimensions for light vehicles indicated above

e-toll threshold amount is above R 225.00 

B


Small Heavy Vehicles (as per the specified volume and not a class A2 vehicle) 


 Total vehicle length, inclusive of any trailer >= 6 m and < 12.5 m or Total vehicle length, inclusive of any trailer < 6 m and height >= 2.5 m

e-toll threshold amount is above R 875.00


C                           
Large Heavy Vehicles (as per the specified volume and not a class A2 vehicle) 


Total vehicle length, inclusive of any trailer >= 12.5 m

The new capping structure applicable from 2 July 2015 will only apply to those vehicles that are either registered e-tag users, registered vehicle licence number users, or belong to motorists who are not registered but will endeavour to pay the full amount outstanding within 30 days of being invoiced.

Should you not be a registered user on SANRAL’s database and you have not made payment within the 30 day period, a separate tariff will apply. In this instance, A2 vehicle users will be capped at R450.00.

Finally, the once off discount (60% percent discount) applicable to motorists who have used the e-toll roads without having paid has been published in this Gazette. This discount will not come into effect on the 2 July and will not be immediately available to motorists.

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