E-Tolls Shutdown in Gauteng: What Motorists Need to Know

What Happens to Outstanding E-Tolls Debts?

Gauteng’s motorists can finally breathe a sigh of relief as the controversial E-toll system is set to be a thing of the past. As of midnight on April 11, 2024, the E-tolls will officially cease to operate as a tolling (fee paying) gate on Gauteng roads, marking the end of a system that has been a major point of contention for years.

Definition of the end E-Tolls

The decision to scrap the E-tolling system was announced by Gauteng Premier Panyaza Lesufi, who confirmed that the gantries, although remaining physically in place, will no longer be used for toll collection. Instead, these structures will serve a new purpose in aiding mobility, road safety, and combating crime.

Impact on Motorists

For motorists, this means no more beeps as they pass under gantries and no more bills for E-toll fees. The financial burden that came with the E-tolls will be lifted, allowing for a more stress-free commute across the province’s highways.

What Happens to Outstanding E-Tolls Debts?

One of the major concerns for motorists has been the fate of outstanding E-toll debts. It has been clarified that historical debt will not be pursued, providing a clean slate for all road users in Gauteng.

Will there be any E-Tolls Refund?

There has be talks about the refund of E-Tolls not long ago when Panyaza Lesufi promised that all drivers and vehicle owners would receive a full refund towards all their e-tolls payments. The failed etoll system was supposed to be scrapped as of 31 December 2022 already. However it is not yet clear if that will ever happen or not.

What will be the use of gantries

The E-toll gantries will not go to waste. They will be repurposed to support the government’s efforts in improving road safety and fighting crime: for example speed trap cameras, surveillance cameras, Government Billboards platforms or traffic counting system.

Do I throw my E-Tag device away?

No, in my opinion now it is time to buy e-tag now: WHY? The e-tag will help you on all national “shesha” lanes along national roads toll gate systems. I live in Louis Trichardt-Limpopo province, so I will be able to cut long waiting lines on N1 on my way home in December, counting Nyl Plaza, Carousel Plaza, etc.

Looking Ahead

The shutdown of the E-tolls is a significant step towards addressing the concerns of Gauteng’s motorists. It represents a shift in policy that prioritises the well-being of the public and acknowledges the collective voice of the people who have long opposed the E-toll system.

As Gauteng moves forward without E-tolls, the focus now turns to how the province will maintain and improve its road networks sustainably. The government’s commitment to finding alternative solutions promises a new era of transportation for South Africa’s economic hub.

Shama Nathoo

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