E-tolls to demand optimal road use


“We have to make sure that we run our cargos efficiently and that we’re not running lots of empty trucks, attracting a lot of cost per kilogramme. The trucks must be loaded optimally and the roads must be used optimally as well,” Barloworld Logistics’ executive in business development Mike Fanucchi told CNBC Africa.

“One has to look at the roads and the adverts that e-toll or South African National Roads Agency Limited are putting out at the moment – I think it’s inevitable that there will be tolls on the roads.”

President Jacob Zuma recently signed in the Transport Laws and Related Matters Amendment Bill, which will allow for the commencement of tolling.

E-tolling has been a controversial subject, with the Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU), among others, aggressively opposing the system.

The e-tolling system, which consists of 49 gantries along all Gauteng’s highways, will charge a toll, by electronically identifying the number plates of vehicles, each time a vehicle drives under them.

“Obviously it costs the end consumer at the end of the day because if you rent a car, ultimately, we’re going to be paying for those e-tolls. It’s about them having the systems that can efficiently and effectively build the end user,” Fanucchi explained.

“Notwithstanding the costs of the e-toll, there’s also the costs of running those systems from the transport service providers, from the courier companies, from all sorts of operators that are using the highways every day.”