The department of transport has announced toll free increases just shy of 5% for most major routes in South Africa.
The new toll tariffs come into operation on 1 March.
For some toll roads the minister of transport has leeway in setting fees, though for the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GIPF) – better known as the e-tolls system – increases are limited to a maximum the consumer price index (CPI) for the previous 12 months.
According to the latest numbers from Statistics SA, consumer inflation was 4.5% in December – which is also the exact increase of the popular e-toll route we analysed.
Assuming you are using a normal car (class A for most routes, or class A2 for e-toll roads) and do not qualify for any special discount or frequent-user tariff, this is how much you will now pay to use some of South Africa's most popular roads.
Time-of-day discounts for e-toll gantries, ranging from 9.7% between 10:00 and 14:00 up to 49.3% late at night, have not been adjusted. The maximum monthly charge for car users has been increased by 3.76%, from R266 to R276.
Local-user tariffs for the Vaal River plazas have been increased by smaller amounts than the route average. Residents of Evaton and Sebokeng will pay the same R3 at the Grasmere plaza as they did in 2018, while Verkeerdevlei residents will pay R17, just 3% more, to pass the Verkeerdevlei booms.
Frequent-user discounts – 20% for 20 or more uses and 40% for 40 or more uses – on the N1 plazas remain unchanged.
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