Open road tolling rates hike means you will pay more to use SA’s roads

Life isn’t getting any easier for South African consumers. The recent VAT increase from 14% to 15%, a significant rise in fuel prices and the announcement of toll road hikes means that it’s getting more expensive to keep a fleet on the road.

Petrol price goes sky-high

South African motorists are paying a record price at the pumps with the latest price of 93-grade petrol soaring to R14.72 this month, while diesel has risen by between 58c and 59c a litre. The high fuel price has been blamed on a mix of local and international factors, namely the weak rand against the dollar and escalated tensions in the Middle East – home of the world’s key oil producers.

Open road tolling takes a toll

From 12 April, Minister of Transport, Blade Nzimande, approved the increased toll rate on South Africa’s national roads for the 2018/19 tax year. According to the South African National Roads Agency, the increased rates are a result of adjustments to the consumer price index and increased VAT.

In a press release, the minister said: “Adjustments to the tariffs are in accordance with the CPI over the preceding 12 months and includes the increase in VAT from 14% to 15% recently announced in the 2018/19 Budget.”

The new rates will apply to tolls on the N3 between Johannesburg and Durban, sections of the N1, N2, N17 and R30, as well as the N4 between the Mozambique and Botswana border.

Avis Fleet is here to help

While there’s little we can do to control petrol prices or open-road tolling fluctuations, the one thing you can rely on is the dedicated commitment of Avis Fleet to make your fleet management as smooth (and as consistent) a process as possible.

We will help you manage tolls

With our Open Road Tolling solution, we can help fleet operators to deal with the implementation and maintenance of toll management. Our open road tolling solution takes on the administrative burden of tolls, which have added a considerable cost and administrative burden on fleet operators. If you are in doubt about whether your driver was billed correctly, we help to facilitate any dispute-logging for Open Road Tolling via our online Fleet Interactive portal.

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