E-tags make economic sense - Treasury

Johannesburg - Motorists do not have to buy e-tags to use Gauteng's toll roads, but it makes economic sense to do so, Treasury director general Lungisa Fuzile said on Friday.

"Whilst it makes economic sense from the individual road user's point of view to buy the e-tags to save, you don't have to have a tag to use the road," he said at the Reuters economist of the year business briefing in Johannesburg.

"Therefore Sanral (the SA National Roads Agency Limited) does not need you to have a tag in order to track the person down and deliver the bill relating to the use of the road," he said.

Motorists will have to pay to use major highways around Johannesburg and Tshwane from April 30, with payment through an automated number-plate reading system.

A recent march by the Congress of SA Trade Unions highlighted opposition to the tolls, with many motorists threatening not to pay.

Asked whether the Treasury had a contingency plan, Fuzile said road users were getting a good deal.

The roads were good and, at last check, around 200 000 people had registered for an e-tag.

"We are convinced that this is actually a good deal, and therefore it doesn't require a contingency. Plan A is Plan B and vice versa."

It was cheaper for both Sanral and the road user to get a tag.

Payment options for the tolls include having fees deducted from credit card accounts, with top-up thresholds set by account holders, or by pre-paying and topping up e-tags.

Visitors could register for day passes and unregistered users would be invoiced with a due date for payment.

opinionator 2012-04-13 09:40:04 AM
You know what else makes economic sense? Not buying the etag. The thing costs like what, R150 bucks or more? I dont get one, i save money...I WIN!!
Kraken 2012-04-13 09:40:52 AM
DO NOT BUY AN E-TAG. No e-tags = epic admin = eventual scrapping toll system. DO NOT BUY AN E-TAG
Leon 2012-04-13 09:44:26 AM
for me to use my motorcycle and my car means i have to buy two tags on a single account. ripoff
Shane Erlank 2012-04-13 09:46:23 AM
Shame on the 300 000 plus people who have already registered, i WILL NOT be registering and will use you bills to wallpaper my office, trying to justify this blatant extortion by having everyone come on board and 'endorsing' the pro's of the e-tolls just makes me more determined not to pay
Garth J Cargin 2012-04-13 09:46:27 AM
Does anyone know anybody that has bought one ? I dont
CockEye Soupie 2012-04-13 09:47:01 AM
No E-Tag means that you do not benefit from discounts. In any event I refuse to pay E-TOLLS.
Craig Gwasira 2012-04-13 09:47:24 AM
It makes economic sense to limit spending on luxurious vehicles for top civil servants and use the revenues from tax and fuel levies to expand other roads and not free ways only. For a change we need efficient alternative routes to various destinations
Shawn Brown 2012-04-13 09:48:15 AM
the only ones that the e-tag makes economic sense for is the people who's pockets its wanting to line..no to e-tags and no to Tolling on the Highways around Joburg!
IAnon Ym 2012-04-13 09:49:11 AM
E-Tag = Automated Rip-Off
JudithNkwe 2012-04-13 09:52:29 AM
Has the man actually driven on these appalling roads? The tar is lifting, storm water drains mostly don't and flood out suburbs when they do,plus markings are erratic and dangerous. Not buying an e-tag