Nearly 900 000 e-tags issued: Sanral

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Johannebsurg - Nearly 900 000 e-tags have been issued to motorists in Gauteng, the SA National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) said on Wednesday.

“Currently 890 388 VLN/e-tags have been committed,” spokesman Vusi Mona said in a statement.

“Implementation has gone according to plan.”

The e-tolling of Gauteng highways started last Tuesday.

Motorists without an e-tag had seven days to pay for the use of the tolled roads in Gauteng. After the seven-day period, the transactions were processed and invoices issued.

“The first seven days of toll collection on the Gauteng e-roads only came to an end last night, and it is therefore too early to report on the issuing of invoices for those e-toll transactions that have not been paid within seven days,” Mona said.

“However, so far the internal processes have been running smoothly.”

He said it should be noted that the legal obligation to pay e-tolls arose from using the tolled roads and passing underneath a toll gantry.

“The legal obligation to pay toll(s) therefore does not arise from an invoice that is forwarded to a user,” he said.

In terms of regulations, the user had a seven-day grace period to pay the toll.

Mona said 42 of the 45 toll gantries were fully operational.

“The last three gantries will become operational shortly,” he said.

Equipment on these three gantries could be fitted and calibrated only once the construction of the road had been completed.

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