Toll road fees will increase in KwaZulu-Natal from March 1, with one plaza expected to hike its tariffs by 100 per cent.

Toll road fees will increase in KwaZulu-Natal from March 1, with one plaza expected to hike its tariffs by 100 per cent.

The reported that the figures for the toll roads had not been confirmed yet, but the Mariannhill Toll Plaza had said it could increase its tariffs by 100 per cent. At the moment, the cost for light vehicles is R2,50, while trucks pay between R5 and R9 at Mariannhill. But motorists who travel through the plaza frequently will qualify for a discount.

National Roads Authority spokesperson Nomsa Modise told the that the proposed increases had been sent to the transport department for approval and the increases would not be made public until this was done.

The newspaper said that toll fees for a trip from Durban to Johannesburg were expected to increase from R72,50 to about R83,50.

Modise said the tariff increase for each plaza had been calculated individually and some increases would be higher than others. She said a bigger hike was expected at Mariannhill because there was no increase last year.

Meanwhile, the reported recently that the proposed toll road plan on the N1 and N2 in Cape Town was on hold after Cape Town residents and environmental groups had objected.

The proposal was to build tollgates on the R300, N2 and N1 highways leading into the city.

“We received submissions from people living along the route, the unicity and many environmental groups, but it will be a long time before any decision to introduce this tollroad is made,” said SA National Roads agency regional manager Kobus van der Walt.