Major changes to the maps for e-tolls in South Africa

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The South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral) has launched a tender for the failed e-toll system and will meet on Thursday (Aug. 4) to discuss it further.

The new tender is aimed at acquiring tender proposals for the operation and maintenance of the open road toll system in Gauteng. The tender will run for six years, with an option to extend for another 24 months.

Sanral’s plans would have come as somewhat of a surprise to stakeholders who are still waiting for a solution to the fate of the e-toll system, scheduled for the medium-term fiscal policy statement (MTBPS) in October.

Gauteng’s e-toll system has been widely rejected by motorists in the province, with calls from opposition groups such as Outa and the Democratic Alliance for the system to be scrapped completely.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula has repeatedly assured the public that a decision on the future of e-tolls in Gauteng is imminent, while it remains an assault on the national tax authorities with mounting debts that Sanral cannot pay without compliance from motorists, or a government bailout.

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As a definitive solution for e-tolling remains in limbo, Sanral’s latest tender documents provide an indication of how the system could be managed in the future.

The tender documents specify what is specifically required by each new contractor who comes on board as a system operator for the next six years. The tender does not specify what the government will eventually do with the system, but it appears that it is preparing and making provisions for major changes.

In its tender documents, Sanral noted that the systems and operations set up under the previous contract holder included not only Gauteng’s open road tolling system, but also the transaction clearinghouse (TCH) back-end processing system for violations and a host of other value-added services (VAS).

These VAS include:

  • Enabling road users to transact using e-tags on the TCH system
  • Using the Sanral mobile app to manage accounts
  • Enforce speed on distance violations
  • Assisting the South African Police and other law enforcement agencies with crime information
  • Make money from data (using data already collected through e-tolling)
  • Account based ticketing
  • Issuance or renewal of vehicle and driving license
  • Weighing Movement Enforcement on Gauteng’s Highways (and eventually nationwide) and
  • Any other identified value-added service.
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Sanral said that while the toll collection and many VAS solutions were largely commissioned during the previous contract period, there are several excellent solutions – as well as necessary system improvements – that have yet to be implemented.

The tender and contract period are focused on two key contracts, Sanral said:

  • All operations and maintenance related to Gauteng public road tolling, national TCH, violation processing and VAS functions. This includes the maintenance and support of hardware related to a ‘new contract for the purchase of a toll system’, and the supply and maintenance of a replacement roadside system, if activated.
  • A toll system supply and support contract, if activated by Sanral, for the supply of a new Gauteng back office open road tolling system, including account hosting, transaction processing and violation processing.
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So any new contractor would run into trouble with the e-toll system in its current state – should the government decide to continue with things as they are – or set up a new system if the decision comes to to end electronic toll collection. toll.

In particular, Sanral specifies that at any stage it may only proceed with certain operations related to other toll authorities and VAS operations – that is, stop tolling on open roads in Gauteng.

It said it can also exclude and contract directly any of the identified VAS services, at its discretion.


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