Motorists will face tough times ahead as the price of fuel and toll fees are set to increase next week.

They will have to folk out more at the petrol pumps as fuel is forecast to sharply increase while the new toll fees come into effect on the first of March 2021.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula approved the 2021 toll tariffs as recommended by the South African National Roads Agency Limited (Sanral).

The adjustments were gazetted on 11 February 2021.

Automobile Association’s Layton Beard says increasing international oil prices are setting the stage for more fuel hikes in March.

“Petrol will increase by 56 cents a litre, diesel by 47 cents and illuminating paraffin by 41 cents. International product prices shot up by about 8% in the first two weeks of February. If oil continues in this trajectory South Africa’s fuel price might edge back into record territory in the medium term and fuel users might become vulnerable to economic shocks which might weaken the rand,” explains Beard.

Listen to the interview with Sanral’s general manager for communications, Vusi Mona:

Discounts

Application for discounts can be made at the various toll plaza offices nationwide.

Through Sanral, the Department of Transport uses tolling selectively to implement major road infrastructure projects and ensure seamless mobility of vehicles on the national road network.

Only 13% of the 22 253km network constitutes toll roads.

Read the media statement below: