SANRAL hikes toll tariffs

Friday, February 19, 2010

Pretoria - Toll tariffs are set to increase from 1 March, the SA National Roads Agency (SANRAL) said on Friday.

A trip from Pretoria to Polokwane in a light vehicle will cost R7, 30 more in toll fees, taking the toll cost for a return trip to R213.

According SANRAL, the increase will vary from R1 to R3 for most toll plazas.

Pumulani Toll Plaza will see a tariff increase from R7, 20 to R7, 30, Carousel from R33 to R35, Kranskop from R26 to R28 and Nyl from R33 to R36 for light vehicles.

A trip from Pretoria to Durban in a light vehicle will cost an additional R8 one way.

Heavy duty vehicles will pay the most as the increase varies from R5.00 to more than R10.00 depending on the mass of the vehicle.

Going through the Tugela, Wilge, Mooi South and North, De Hoek Mainline and Bergville Ramp plazas, will cost motorists about R8.00 more.

Light vehicles using the N4 in the North West will pay an extra R1 at Marikana, an extra R4 at Swartruggens, while prices at both Pelindaba and Brits remain R3, 50 and R9 respectively.

On the N2, light vehicles will pay an extra R20 at Tsitsikama. The Oribi plaza tariff will from R17 to R18, Mtunzini from R27 to R29, while Tongaat and Mvoti will each have a 50 cent hike from R6,50 to R7 and R8,00 to R8, 50 respectively.

On the N4 east, Diamond Hill which costs R22 will now cost R24 while Middelburg will cost an extra R2 from the current R37. Machado will get a R3 hike from R55 to R58, while Nkomazi tariff will increase from R42 to R44.

SANRAL Chief Executive Officer Nazir Alli said South Africa's road network remains the backbone of the country's economy and that they had to continue to develop and maintain it.

"We must continually develop and maintain this network to ensure that people can arrive at their destinations safely and that goods flow through the economy efficiently.

He said toll financing enables government to add capacity (new highways or additional lanes) that cannot otherwise be funded under current and projected allocations from the fiscus.

"The 'user pays' principle ensures that we continue to grow infrastructure without diverting budget resources from vital sectors," Alli said.