Minister of Transport, Fikile Mbalula, has gazetted the new toll tariffs for 2020 as recommended by South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (Sanral). The new toll fees come into effect on 1 March 2020.
Mbalula said in a statement on 11 February, that the tariffs have been approved with the current inflation rate used as a guide.
The adjustments are made on an annual basis in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as obtained from Stats SA. The CPI percentage that was applied to determine the March 2020 tariff adjustment is 4,31%.
Sanral communications general manager, Vusi Mona, said they use the inflation rate as a guide so that, the toll tariffs remain the same in real terms, meaning there is effectively no increase to the rate from when the initial toll tariff that was implemented.
Discounts offered at specific toll plazas for frequent users, as well as qualifying local users still apply. Application for discounts can be made at the toll plaza offices.
The Department of Transport, through its agency Sanral, uses tolling selectively to implement major road infrastructure projects. Only 13% of the 22 214km network constitute toll roads.
Toll roads allow for the borrowing of capital in order to develop road infrastructure when it is required, rather than having to wait until funds are available from a strained fiscus.
Toll monies are applied to maintain, operate and improve toll roads, as well as to service debt incurred to implement a toll road project.
The cost in the event of delayed maintenance on roads can be up to 18 times higher than it would have been if routine preventative maintenance was undertaken.
Toll is a user charge and is paid only by those that make use of the road, Sanral said.
You can find a breakdown of the new toll tariffs below;