South African motorists are under even more pressure after the South African Roads Agency (SANRAL) increased the fares on national toll roads.
Following the increases in general fuel and Road Accident Fund (RAF) levies that were announced in the 2017 Budget speech, which will be reflected in commensurate April 2017 fuel price hikes, the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) implemented toll road increases on March 3. In response, the Automobile Association of South Africa says the move is "yet another financial blow to South African consumers", and "will place even more pressure on already cash-strapped motorists, commuters, and consumers."
The increases were announced and implemented on the same day, and there was no reasons given for these increases.
“Sanral has again missed an opportunity to engage meaningfully with the public on this topic. We warned last year that SANRAL must try and win support from the public, but it seems its attitude to motorists remains arrogant and uncaring. We will not be surprised if, given this attitude, and the prevailing economic situation in South Africa, more motorists decide not to pay their tolls. Sanral would do well to remember it is a service provider to their customers, the motorists of South Africa, and yet its attitude conveys the opposite message,” the AA noted.
"The toll increases are also implemented for Gauteng as part of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP), or as they're more commonly known as E-tolls. The increases will have little effect as a public disobedience campaign is in full swing and payments are low.
“In April the general fuel levy increases by 30 cents, and the RAF levy increases by nine cents. This means that motorists across South Africa will be paying R4.78, or 35%, to tax for every litre of petrol they put in their vehicles. With these increases to toll rates, motorists are again being squeezed, a situation that simply cannot continue,” the AA said in closing.
Toll increases in Gauteng
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