First Car Rental on E-tolling in Gauteng; How Does This Affect Us?


The implementation of e-tolling is being put in place to help construct (and pay for) safer roads for those travelling in and around Gauteng. As much as it sounds like a great idea, it's being introduced at a rather hefty price.

Johannesburg (I-Newswire) February 24, 2012 - Living in South Africa, you'll probably already be privy to the e-toll saga that's spread around the Gauteng province and national news. The implementation of e-tolling using e-toll tags, and the e-toll gantries along the highways, is being put in place to help construct (and pay for) safer roads for those travelling in and around Gauteng. As much as it sounds like a great idea, it's being introduced at a rather hefty price.

The Evolution of e-toll

If you've driven the N1, N3, N12 or R21 lately, you may have noticed an impressive upgrade of the roads from Tshwane to Johannesburg and Ekurhuleni. The Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project is responsible for the national freeways' facelift that has been in the making for the last few years. While road users appreciate the smoother, safer and more effectively designed e-toll freeways, their pockets will feel the impact more than anything else.

Every time a car travels under one of the e-tolling gantries, a charge will be billed to the owner, resulting in significant additional monthly costs for those who make regular use of these roads for business, pleasure or day to day travel. The e-toll system has instituted uproar among road users and it's easy to realise why. No one was consulted before it was put in place, there were no opinion polls or community briefings; it was just implemented without consent. As it comes in addition to taxes, the bite also seems a lot worse than the benefit.

The commencement date has been pushed out, but e-toll tags are already being sold at a discounted early-bird price, in the hopes of converting consumers with "value for money". The Gautrain is being highlighted as the alternative method of transport to help cut costs, but it isn't accessible to everyone or affordable for all; it also doesn't help those who'll be travelling the roads for pleasure. Many out-of-town customers use car hire services as a quick, easy and affordable way to get to a business meeting before shooting back to the airport and flying home. However, e-tolling now presents a new variable in the expense department.

First Car Rental's Opinion on e-tolling

While we're upstanding citizens, we're not at all enthused by the idea of the e-toll system. We feel that as a community, we can still stand together against additional costs for performing a basic need. The fees for e-tolling will only make it more difficult to get to work to earn our daily bread, as well as make it more expensive for our loyal patrons to make use of the convenience we offer as a car hire group.






About First Car Rental

Award-winning car hire company First Car Rental offers 6 000 vehicles for hire in South Africa at 44   More.. car hire branches at all major airports, business and tourist destinations. Worldwide, First Car Rental offers bookability access to 17000 locations in 125 countries. The First Car Rental fleet ranges from no-frills models to top-of-the-range luxury cars and you can book car rentals online.Less..

Contact Information

First Car Rental
Melissa Storey
106 Pomona Road
Kempton Park, Johannesburg
2000
Phone : 0861 1ST CAR

Published in:

Travel

Published On:

February 24, 2012

Print Release:

Print Release

If you have questions regarding information in this press release contact the company listed above. I-Newswire.com is a press release service and not the author of this press release.The information that is on or available through this site is for informational purposes only and speaks only as of the particular date or dates of that information. As some companies and PR Agencies submit their press releases once per week,month or quarter, make sure to check the official company website for accurate release dates as our site displays the I-Newswire.com press release distribution date only.We do not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of information on or available through this site, and we are not responsible for or omissions in that information or for actions taken in reliance on that information.


Related Releases

Best Solution for Job in Immigration Canada- Immigration Overseas
Immigration Overseas fulfill your Dreams for Immigration To Canada is one of the developed countries of the world.

Absolute Hotel Services Implements RateTiger Solutions for Its Hotels and Resorts
The Group has selected RateTiger Corp as its preferred intuitive price intelligence solution

Visitors Flock to Attend Hoa Lu Citadel Festival
The capital of Hoa Lu existed 42 years with 3 dynasties Dinh - Tien Le - Ly has been associated with the names of the three wise emperor as King Dinh Tien Hoang, King Le Dai Hanh and King Ly Thai To

China Tour Center Offers Five Day China Ancient Capitals Tour at Heavily Discounted Prices
China Tour Center is one of the most revered and renowned tour operators that offers comprehensive tour packages to mainland China at the most affordable prices.

Enjoy Budget Stay in Delhi at Hotel Impress
Basically, visitors are often conscious about the hotel services and amenities as they might incline toward not to obliterate their stay in the capital city.