Toll tariffs increase

The adjustments are made on an annual basis to keep the toll tariffs aligned with inflation.

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While tax went up, gas went up and food prices went up, motorists have to cough up extra for the use of various toll routes in South Africa, including the N17, even though the stretch between Bethal and Trichardt is not in a desirable condition. This toll will now cost you R17,50 if you are not a resident in the vicinity.
“Adjustments to the tariffs are in accordance with the CPI over the preceding twelve months and includes the increase in VAT from 14% to 15% recently announced in the 2018/19 Budget,” Vusi Mona, General Manager of Communication at SANRAL said.
The newly adjusted tariffs apply to not only the N17, but also to the N3 toll road between Johannesburg and Durban, the N4 between the Mozambican border and the Botswana border and also to toll road sections of the N1, N2 and R30.
“The adjustments are made on an annual basis to keep the toll tariffs aligned with inflation. The one percentage point VAT increase is added to the toll tariff and contributed to the upward adjustment,” Vusi said.
“The effect of inflation means that every Rand buys a smaller percentage of goods or service. As the average inflation rate is used to decide the adjustment, this means that there is no increase in real terms,” he added.
“Toll monies are used prudently, only to maintain and improve toll roads. Toll roads are built at no cost to the fiscus – the concept of toll roads is to apply a user charge only to those who benefit from the use of the road.”
“Toll roads are a prime example of a public-private partnership which makes capital available up front for important and expensive infrastructure projects. It also allows for the continued maintenance not done at taxpayer’s expense,” Vusi said.
On a question as to how they increase toll tariffs at Trichardt Plaza even though the road is not in a great condition, SANRAL said that although the N17 between Ermelo and Oshoek is in a “less than acceptable condition”, it is not a toll road and that construction to improve the road to SANRAL standards will start this year.
In the mean time, Gegama Simon Mahlangu (25) will be behind bars for the next four years after defrauding motorists at Trichardt Toll Plaza out of money when he used skimming devices last year. See Crime Snippets for more detail.


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