toll tariff hikes

South African National Roads Agency (Sanral) has announced an adjustment to the toll tariffs effective from March 1, 2024.

“The tariffs are adjusted annually in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI) as obtained from Statistics South Africa (Stats SA). The annual toll tariffs will increase by 6.25%, as published in the Government Gazette of February 6, 2024. This rate is less than last year’s 6.58% adjustment,” stated the agency.

Vusi Mona, Sanral’s general manager for Communications and Marketing, emphasized the necessity of toll revenue for maintaining, operating, and enhancing toll roads, as well as servicing debt incurred for toll road projects.

“The funds go a long way towards ensuring that Sanral fulfills its mandate of delivering quality road infrastructure that adds value to the lives of South African citizens,” said Mona.

He further underscored the significance of robust national road networks for providing essential services such as electricity, water, sanitation, telecommunications, and public transport.

“Sanral is empathetic to the South African public, considering the current state of the economy. However, it is equally important to introduce the adjustments to ensure that the agency continues to deliver safe and quality roads to the benefit of all road users,” said Mona.

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Sanral has previously warned about the strain on road infrastructure due to high volumes of trucks caused by Transnet’s rail system being unable to meet logistic needs effectively.

Sanral currently manages a network of 22,262 km of roads throughout South Africa.

Despite Sanral moderating the tariff increase, South African motorists will face added financial strain following a recent sharp increase in petrol prices.

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