/ 24 November 2013

E-tolls: Minister expects smooth process from December 3

At least 700 000 people had already registered for e-tags
At least 700 000 people had already registered for e-tags

The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) is expecting smooth revenue collection through e-tolling, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters said on Sunday.

"The system is ready. We expect a smooth process from December 3," Peters told media at a briefing on the e-tolling system's readiness.

The briefing took place at the Sanral operations centre in Midrand from where the e-tolling system is operated.

The system included emergency and vehicle-towing services on the province's highways.

High performance cameras had been mounted on the gantries and were being monitored at the operations centre.

'Benefits of using the tolled highways'
"These services would be operated 24 hours a day … these are some of the benefits of using the tolled highways," she said.

The system had been operating for the past 18 months, and Sanral was able to test the system without billing road users.

Sanral chief executive Nazir Ali said at least 700 000 people had already registered for e-tags.

"At least 100 000 registered between October and November after we announced the tariffs. We expect more to get tagged," Ali said. – Sapa