SAVRALA charity golf day raises R100 000 for local wildlife conservation

The South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) raised an impressive R100 000 at its Annual Golf Day, held on 22 February 2012 at the beautiful Blue Valley Golf Course in Midrand. This year all proceeds from the event will be directed towards wildlife conservation, supporting heroic efforts of the SANParks Honorary Rangers as well as the award-winning Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Organisation.

Honorary SanParks Ranger – Dave Webster

“Both the SANParks Honorary Rangers and Ezemvelo are volunteer and charity organisations that are heavily involved in preventing rhino poaching as well as all other areas of conservation. Our wildlife is a huge tourist draw card, and these organisations work tirelessly to ensure that the natural beauty of South Africa will be preserved for future generations. We are pleased to be able to give them such sizeable donations as a result of our golf day, thanks to the generosity of the players and hole sponsors on the day,” says Paul Pauwen from SAVRALA.

The day dawned hot and sunny, and players from all of the major organisations in the South African vehicle renting and leasing industry turned up for this eagerly anticipated event. Even the slight drizzle in the afternoon could not dampen the players’ enthusiasm. Guest MC and rugby legend Ian McIntosh provided entertainment throughout the day, offering a humorous peek behind the scenes of the world of rugby and cracking loads of jokes that kept everyone amused.

Congratulations to winners Team Ford, consisting of Jaco Malan, Frikkie Wentzel, Willem Hill and Paul Kruger, who took top honours on the day. Team Wesbank, made up of Gary Le Kay, Warren Peters, Gordon Dreyer and Leon du Plessis, came in second place, with third place going to Team Fleet Africa and players Hugo Lamprechts, Pieter de la Rey, Arthur Neale and Allan McCormack. 

The Winners – Ford

Vernen Pillay(SAVRALA) Jaco Malan, Frikkie Wentzel, Willem Hill, Paul Kruger, Jonathan Odes (SAVRALA)

SAVRALA would also like to thank all of the companies who sponsored holes on the day: Nissan, First Car Rental, Kia Motors, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Hyundai, Europcar, Renault, Ford, Audi, ABSA, Volkswagen and Budget.

“We would like to express our appreciation to everyone who participated in this year’s SAVRALA Annual Golf Day and helped us to raise so much money for two very worthy causes,” says Pauwen.

“Special mention must go to Nissan, who made such an effort at their hole to raise money, eventually totaling R5000 and earning a well-deserved prize. Thank you also to Volkswagen, who raised R2000, Renault who brought in R1000 and all of the other hole sponsors for making the day such a resounding success. We look forward to next year being even better,” Pauwen concludes.

SAVRALA charity golf day raises R100 000 for local wildlife conservation

The South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) raised an impressive R100 000 at its Annual Golf Day, held on 22 February 2012 at the beautiful Blue Valley Golf Course in Midrand. This year all proceeds from the event will be directed towards wildlife conservation, supporting heroic efforts of the SANParks Honorary Rangers as well as the award-winning Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Organisation.

Honorary SanParks Ranger – Dave Webster

“Both the SANParks Honorary Rangers and Ezemvelo are volunteer and charity organisations that are heavily involved in preventing rhino poaching as well as all other areas of conservation. Our wildlife is a huge tourist draw card, and these organisations work tirelessly to ensure that the natural beauty of South Africa will be preserved for future generations. We are pleased to be able to give them such sizeable donations as a result of our golf day, thanks to the generosity of the players and hole sponsors on the day,” says Paul Pauwen from SAVRALA.

The day dawned hot and sunny, and players from all of the major organisations in the South African vehicle renting and leasing industry turned up for this eagerly anticipated event. Even the slight drizzle in the afternoon could not dampen the players’ enthusiasm. Guest MC and rugby legend Ian McIntosh provided entertainment throughout the day, offering a humorous peek behind the scenes of the world of rugby and cracking loads of jokes that kept everyone amused.

Congratulations to winners Team Ford, consisting of Jaco Malan, Frikkie Wentzel, Willem Hill and Paul Kruger, who took top honours on the day. Team Wesbank, made up of Gary Le Kay, Warren Peters, Gordon Dreyer and Leon du Plessis, came in second place, with third place going to Team Fleet Africa and players Hugo Lamprechts, Pieter de la Rey, Arthur Neale and Allan McCormack. 

The Winners – Ford

SAVRALA would also like to thank all of the companies who sponsored holes on the day: Nissan, First Car Rental, Kia Motors, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Hyundai, Europcar, Renault, Ford, Audi, ABSA, Volkswagen and Budget.

“We would like to express our appreciation to everyone who participated in this year’s SAVRALA Annual Golf Day and helped us to raise so much money for two very worthy causes,” says Pauwen.

“Special mention must go to Nissan, who made such an effort at their hole to raise money, eventually totaling R5000 and earning a well-deserved prize. Thank you also to Volkswagen, who raised R2000, Renault who brought in R1000 and all of the other hole sponsors for making the day such a resounding success. We look forward to next year being even better,” Pauwen concludes.

SAVRALA charity golf day raises R100 000 for local wildlife conservation

The South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) raised an impressive R100 000 at its Annual Golf Day, held on 22 February 2012 at the beautiful Blue Valley Golf Course in Midrand. This year all proceeds from the event will be directed towards wildlife conservation, supporting heroic efforts of the SANParks Honorary Rangers as well as the award-winning Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Organisation.

Honorary SanParks Ranger – Dave Webster

“Both the SANParks Honorary Rangers and Ezemvelo are volunteer and charity organisations that are heavily involved in preventing rhino poaching as well as all other areas of conservation. Our wildlife is a huge tourist draw card, and these organisations work tirelessly to ensure that the natural beauty of South Africa will be preserved for future generations. We are pleased to be able to give them such sizeable donations as a result of our golf day, thanks to the generosity of the players and hole sponsors on the day,” says Paul Pauwen from SAVRALA.

The day dawned hot and sunny, and players from all of the major organisations in the South African vehicle renting and leasing industry turned up for this eagerly anticipated event. Even the slight drizzle in the afternoon could not dampen the players’ enthusiasm. Guest MC and rugby legend Ian McIntosh provided entertainment throughout the day, offering a humorous peek behind the scenes of the world of rugby and cracking loads of jokes that kept everyone amused.

Congratulations to winners Team Ford, consisting of Jaco Malan, Frikkie Wentzel, Willem Hill and Paul Kruger, who took top honours on the day. Team Wesbank, made up of Gary Le Kay, Warren Peters, Gordon Dreyer and Leon du Plessis, came in second place, with third place going to Team Fleet Africa and players Hugo Lamprechts, Pieter de la Rey, Arthur Neale and Allan McCormack. 

The Winners – Ford

Vernen Pillay(SAVRALA) Jaco Malan, Frikkie Wentzel, Willem Hill, Paul Kruger, Jonathan Odes (SAVRALA)

SAVRALA would also like to thank all of the companies who sponsored holes on the day: Nissan, First Car Rental, Kia Motors, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Hyundai, Europcar, Renault, Ford, Audi, ABSA, Volkswagen and Budget.

“We would like to express our appreciation to everyone who participated in this year’s SAVRALA Annual Golf Day and helped us to raise so much money for two very worthy causes,” says Pauwen.

“Special mention must go to Nissan, who made such an effort at their hole to raise money, eventually totaling R5000 and earning a well-deserved prize. Thank you also to Volkswagen, who raised R2000, Renault who brought in R1000 and all of the other hole sponsors for making the day such a resounding success. We look forward to next year being even better,” Pauwen concludes.

SAVRALA charity golf day raises R100 000 for local wildlife conservation

The South African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association (SAVRALA) raised an impressive R100 000 at its Annual Golf Day, held on 22 February 2012 at the beautiful Blue Valley Golf Course in Midrand. This year all proceeds from the event will be directed towards wildlife conservation, supporting heroic efforts of the SANParks Honorary Rangers as well as the award-winning Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife Organisation.

“Both the SANParks Honorary Rangers and Ezemvelo are volunteer and charity organisations that are heavily involved in preventing rhino poaching as well as all other areas of conservation. Our wildlife is a huge tourist draw card, and these organisations work tirelessly to ensure that the natural beauty of South Africa will be preserved for future generations. We are pleased to be able to give them such sizeable donations as a result of our golf day, thanks to the generosity of the players and hole sponsors on the day,” says Paul Pauwen from SAVRALA.

 

Honorary SanParks Ranger – Dave Webster

The day dawned hot and sunny, and players from all of the major organisations in the South African vehicle renting and leasing industry turned up for this eagerly anticipated event. Even the slight drizzle in the afternoon could not dampen the players’ enthusiasm. Guest MC and rugby legend Ian McIntosh provided entertainment throughout the day, offering a humorous peek behind the scenes of the world of rugby and cracking loads of jokes that kept everyone amused.

Congratulations to winners Team Ford, consisting of Jaco Malan, Frikkie Wentzel, Willem Hill and Paul Kruger, who took top honours on the day. Team Wesbank, made up of Gary Le Kay, Warren Peters, Gordon Dreyer and Leon du Plessis, came in second place, with third place going to Team Fleet Africa and players Hugo Lamprechts, Pieter de la Rey, Arthur Neale and Allan McCormack. 

The Winners – Ford

Vernen Pillay(SAVRALA) Jaco Malan, Frikkie Wentzel, Willem Hill, Paul Kruger, Jonathan Odes (SAVRALA)

SAVRALA would also like to thank all of the companies who sponsored holes on the day: Nissan, First Car Rental, Kia Motors, Mercedes Benz, Toyota, Hyundai, Europcar, Renault, Ford, Audi, ABSA, Volkswagen and Budget.

“We would like to express our appreciation to everyone who participated in this year’s SAVRALA Annual Golf Day and helped us to raise so much money for two very worthy causes,” says Pauwen.

“Special mention must go to Nissan, who made such an effort at their hole to raise money, eventually totaling R5000 and earning a well-deserved prize. Thank you also to Volkswagen, who raised R2000, Renault who brought in R1000 and all of the other hole sponsors for making the day such a resounding success. We look forward to next year being even better,” Pauwen concludes.

OUTA FILES LEGAL APPLICATION TO HALT E-TOLLS

Press release: OUTA FILES LEGAL APPLICATION TO HALT E-TOLLS

Friday 23 March 12

Since the proud birth of our new democracy in South Africa, we have not seen such resistance and public outcry against a decision taken by our government. The calls to oppose e-tolling of Gauteng’s Freeway Improvements (GFIP) are loud, filled with anger and a growing resentment toward this unnecessary burden.  It is a sad day when a nation’s government develops a tense and threatening relationship with its people, when trying to force an unjust and unpopular decision into being, as is the case with this e-tolling project. 

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) was recently formed out of a necessity for business organisations and people of similar mind to coordinate their efforts and consider a legal challenge to the e-tolling matter.  Our investigation has unpacked a number of issues and transgressions that highlight a disregard for protecting the interests of the public.

Challenging the actions of one’s government in court is a most unpleasant stance to take and in this case, it is our last and very necessary resort.Our application to interdict the decision to toll Gauteng’s Freeways was issued from the Pretoria High Court on Friday 23rd March 2012.

Our opposition to e-tolling must not be confused with the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.  We congratulate SANRAL on a job well done in the upgrading of our freeways.  The benefits of time saving, reduced vehicle running expenses and improved road safety from GFIP are not being disputed, although claims of an 8 to 1 beneficial return as espoused by some requires serious challenging.  We also know and accept that we, the taxpayers, will have to pay for the GFIP.

Our issue and objection however, is with the e-tolling plan as a means of generating funds to pay for the GFIP.  Our court application seeks to halt the tolling of GFIP and is undertaken largely on the following grounds:-

  • The planned e-toll process is grossly expensive, inefficient and a waste of citizen’s money. It makes no sense to pay between 30% and 50% in administration and operating costs to collect the revenue for the GFIP, when existing revenue collection mechanisms will cost virtually nothing to apply.
  • It is fundamentally wrong to apply an additional tax or toll against citizens along their daily commuter routes.
  • The e-toll project is unfairly punitive to Gauteng citizens who contribute significantly more in taxes than the value and spending they receive in return.  This region has more than paid for their freeway upgrade.
  • Mention has been made by SANRAL of the research conducted by the University of Cape Town – School of Business, on which they based much of their decision to toll.  We believe this report was insufficient in detail, much of it untested and its proposals have even questioned by the authorities themselves.
  • The ‘user pays principle’, as declared by SANRAL as a motive totoll the GFIP, is flawed.  The productivity and efficiency of Gauteng’s economy, of which its freeways are integral, has significant benefits for the entire economy and well being of all in South Africa.
  • Tolling the GFIP under the guise of a ‘user pays principle’ implies that every single urban road improvement project going forward will need to be tolled.  This will never be functional or tolerated.
  • While SANRAL have told us that they did engage and consult sufficiently before making their decision to toll, we will show that the extent of their engagement, consultation and assessments – for a project of this magnitude – was dismal and fell far short of that which was required of them. In simple terms they failed in this area and it would appear that they gave scant regard for other funding mechanisms that would be less burdensome to the road user.
  • SANRAL’S plan to toll these urban routes appears not to have heeded the requirements for a reasonably suitable alternative road network as well as the provision of sound public transport infrastructure in and around the GFIP.

We have heard suggestions that in the absence of tolling, the fuel price will have to increase by R1.00 per litre to fund the GFIP.  We refute this figure and do so by applying simple arithmetic to show that an increase of between R0.08c and R0.11c per litre to the fuel levy will raise between R1,8 to R2bn per annum, which is more than sufficient to cover the repayment of the initial R20bn capital including the interest cost (at a rate of 9%), over 15 years.

Furthermore, it is a fallacy to suggest that our government cannot ring-fence levies and taxes for specific needs and purposes.  It has done so for many years through our efficient revenue services department.

We sincerely believe the funding of our road infrastructure will be best conducted through a hybrid model which incorporates the national treasury as well as the fuel levy, vehicle license fees and long distance toll roads, the latter three being the best application of a ‘user pays’ mechanism in this regard.

Some proponents of e-tolling suggest the e-tolls will mainly affect the wealthy and will be of minimal burden to the poor.  These statements are outrageous in the extreme and need to be challenged.

To imply that e-tolling is good because it creates 1200 jobs is a farce. These arguments and reasons thrown into the debate are red herrings and signify a desperate attempt to justify the e-toll project.   If it is job creation one seeks, there are far better ways to create up to four times as many productive jobs from the estimated R1,5bn required for e-toll administration and operations.

It must be noted that SANRAL have been very economical and rather evasive when requested to provide detailed information related to the funding models, revenue streams,anticipated expenses, expected levels of non-compliance, application of enforcement, dispute resolution mechanisms  and other pertinent questions related to e-tolling. The people and business have every right for total transparency in this regard.

In conclusion:-

  • We trust and have faith that the legal process will expose these serious shortcomings of the plan to toll Gauteng’s freeways and thereby set aside this plan for the benefit of the country’s citizens and our economic development.
  • We support the government when its actions are for the betterment of society and believe it should be challenged when this is not so.
  • We believe that not all is lost with the construction costs of the gantries as these can be put to other constructive use.
  • Finally, we trust the authorities will see this challenge for what it is – a protection of the rights of its citizens, and realisation that the purpose of the public service is to serve the public,in the most efficient manner possible, at all times.

OUTA FILES LEGAL APPLICATION TO HALT E-TOLLS

Press release: OUTA FILES LEGAL APPLICATION TO HALT E-TOLLS

Friday 23 March 12

Since the proud birth of our new democracy in South Africa, we have not seen such resistance and public outcry against a decision taken by our government. The calls to oppose e-tolling of Gauteng’s Freeway Improvements (GFIP) are loud, filled with anger and a growing resentment toward this unnecessary burden.  It is a sad day when a nation’s government develops a tense and threatening relationship with its people, when trying to force an unjust and unpopular decision into being, as is the case with this e-tolling project. 

The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) was recently formed out of a necessity for business organisations and people of similar mind to coordinate their efforts and consider a legal challenge to the e-tolling matter.  Our investigation has unpacked a number of issues and transgressions that highlight a disregard for protecting the interests of the public.

Challenging the actions of one’s government in court is a most unpleasant stance to take and in this case, it is our last and very necessary resort.Our application to interdict the decision to toll Gauteng’s Freeways was issued from the Pretoria High Court on Friday 23rd March 2012.

Our opposition to e-tolling must not be confused with the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project.  We congratulate SANRAL on a job well done in the upgrading of our freeways.  The benefits of time saving, reduced vehicle running expenses and improved road safety from GFIP are not being disputed, although claims of an 8 to 1 beneficial return as espoused by some requires serious challenging.  We also know and accept that we, the taxpayers, will have to pay for the GFIP.
Our issue and objection however, is with the e-tolling plan as a means of generating funds to pay for the GFIP.  Our court application seeks to halt the tolling of GFIP and is undertaken largely on the following grounds:-

The planned e-toll process is grossly expensive, inefficient and a waste of citizen’s money. It makes no sense to pay between 30% and 50% in administration and operating costs to collect the revenue for the GFIP, when existing revenue collection mechanisms will cost virtually nothing to apply.

It is fundamentally wrong to apply an additional tax or toll against citizens along their daily commuter routes.

The e-toll project is unfairly punitive to Gauteng citizens who contribute significantly more in taxes than the value and spending they receive in return.  This region has more than paid for their freeway upgrade.

Mention has been made by SANRAL of the research conducted by the University of Cape Town – School of Business, on which they based much of their decision to toll.  We believe this report was insufficient in detail, much of it untested and its proposals have even questioned by the authorities themselves.

The ‘user pays principle’, as declared by SANRAL as a motive totoll the GFIP, is flawed.  The productivity and efficiency of Gauteng’s economy, of which its freeways are integral, has significant benefits for the entire economy and well being of all in South Africa.
Tolling the GFIP under the guise of a ‘user pays principle’ implies that every single urban road improvement project going forward will need to be tolled.  This will never be functional or tolerated.

While SANRAL have told us that they did engage and consult sufficiently before making their decision to toll, we will show that the extent of their engagement, consultation and assessments – for a project of this magnitude – was dismal and fell far short of that which was required of them. In simple terms they failed in this area and it would appear that they gave scant regard for other funding mechanisms that would be less burdensome to the road user.

SANRAL’S plan to toll these urban routes appears not to have heeded the requirements for a reasonably suitable alternative road network as well as the provision of sound public transport infrastructure in and around the GFIP.

We have heard suggestions that in the absence of tolling, the fuel price will have to increase by R1.00 per litre to fund the GFIP.  We refute this figure and do so by applying simple arithmetic to show that an increase of between R0.08c and R0.11c per litre to the fuel levy will raise between R1,8 to R2bn per annum, which is more than sufficient to cover the repayment of the initial R20bn capital including the interest cost (at a rate of 9%), over 15 years.

Furthermore, it is a fallacy to suggest that our government cannot ring-fence levies and taxes for specific needs and purposes.  It has done so for many years through our efficient revenue services department.

We sincerely believe the funding of our road infrastructure will be best conducted through a hybrid model which incorporates the national treasury as well as the fuel levy, vehicle license fees and long distance toll roads, the latter three being the best application of a ‘user pays’ mechanism in this regard.
Some proponents of e-tolling suggest the e-tolls will mainly affect the wealthy and will be of minimal burden to the poor.  These statements are outrageous in the extreme and need to be challenged.

To imply that e-tolling is good because it creates 1200 jobs is a farce. These arguments and reasons thrown into the debate are red herrings and signify a desperate attempt to justify the e-toll project.   If it is job creation one seeks, there are far better ways to create up to four times as many productive jobs from the estimated R1,5bn required for e-toll administration and operations.

It must be noted that SANRAL have been very economical and rather evasive when requested to provide detailed information related to the funding models, revenue streams,anticipated expenses, expected levels of non-compliance, application of enforcement, dispute resolution mechanisms  and other pertinent questions related to e-tolling. The people and business have every right for total transparency in this regard.

In conclusion:-

We trust and have faith that the legal process will expose these serious shortcomings of the plan to toll Gauteng’s freeways and thereby set aside this plan for the benefit of the country’s citizens and our economic development.

We support the government when its actions are for the betterment of society and believe it should be challenged when this is not so.

We believe that not all is lost with the construction costs of the gantries as these can be put to other constructive use.

Finally, we trust the authorities will see this challenge for what it is – a protection of the rights of its citizens, and realisation that the purpose of the public service is to serve the public,in the most efficient manner possible, at all times.

SAVRALA CONTESTS CLAIMED TOLL BENEFITS AND CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT ECONOMIC STUDY

Press release TWO –  issued 14-03-2012

SAVRALA CONTESTS CLAIMED TOLL BENEFITS AND CALLS FOR INDEPENDENT ECONOMIC STUDY

SAVRALA (Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association) representing approximately 450,000 vehicles continues to be very surprised by the ongoing e-Toll benefit motivations presented by SANRAL, its principal, the Department of Transport and more recently Transport Economist Dr Roelof Botha.

These parties often refer to a Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project (GFIP) 8.4 benefit cost ratio. Simply put, this hypothesis claims that for every R1 spent on the tolls, motorist will receive  a benefit of R8.40. This claimed benefit is sourced from the Economic Analysis of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Scheme prepared in August 2010 by the Graduate School of Business (University of Cape Town) for both the South African National Roads Agency (Pty) Ltd and the Provincial Government of Gauteng. This claimed benefit cost ratio was also presented in last year’s GFIP Steering Committee Report.

As this claimed benefit is one of the key motivations for the e-Tolling project, SAVRALA would encourage these parties to take note of the Minister of Transport’s reply, tabled on 31 October 2011, to a Democratic Alliance question on the claimed GFIP benefits raised at the National Assembly (Question no 2598);

“As can be seen, the key assumption of the 2007 feasibility study was that the GFIP Project would reduce congestion. In my considered view, and in retrospect, the original feasibility study did not sufficiently weigh up international evidence suggesting that freeway expansion often does not in the medium term resolve congestion challenges, and often induces greater demand.

It also failed to consider alternative solutions to congestion – improved public transport provision, moving more freight onto rail and a curb on urban sprawl. The project benefits to road users may, therefore, unfortunately not be forthcoming. This is the subject of further assessments and consultations by the Department of Transport and a Cabinet Task Team”.

The claimed GFIP benefits of time savings, reduced vehicle expenses and lower accidents are again based on questionable assumptions derived in many instances from information unchallenged by SANRAL itself. It is also important to note that the Economic Analysis of the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Scheme did not request any input from any of the affected stakeholders like SAVRALA.

 

Surely it is time for a proper public and independent economic analysis to be conducted?

It is also essential to separate the actual construction of the roads from their funding model.  SAVRALA agrees with SANRAL on the need for the GFIP and that it will provide some benefit, but how much and at what cost is now a moving target. In reality, the viability and efficiency of the proposed e-Tolling model is now well beyond any economic argument.

After the Minister of Finance last month contributed almost R6billion from Treasury to fund SANRAL’s outstanding GFIP debt, the balance now due is approximately R14bn (excluding interest payments). Unfortunately, SANRAL have not made the actual impact of the contribution from the Minister of Finance to the total GFIP debt public. This means one has to determine the relative economic efficiencies of the e-Toll model at a rather crude level – however, the message is clear. Economically, it is irrational to continue with a revenue collection scheme that will very conservatively cost the GFIP users just over R6billion (although it has been estimate to be as much as R11billion), to collect the outstanding R14billion, resulting in an e-Toll administration cost to revenue ratio of 43%!

This is an unacceptable percentage for administration costs and contradicts the Minister of Finance’s earlier call this year for all parties to be wise with scarce resources.

SAVRALA, and many other business and civil associations, have never disputed the need to pay for the costs of GFIP, however, jointly they continue to oppose the unacceptable levels of cost for a wieldy administration imposed by the e-Tolling funding mechanism. SAVRALA therefore calls on the Government to seriously consider other less costly funding models like, the revenue raised from the Fuel Levy, as one of several other funding mechanisms.

Further, SAVRALA remains perplexed as to why the Government remains obstinate in the extreme about the drive to implement such an inefficient and costly system, given the extensive and growing resistance to e-Tolling across South African society, including some elements of Government itself.

It is also of great concern that our Government agencies and their various spokespersons are reverting to verbal bullying and threats against its citizens should they wish to exercise their rights and not register for an e-Tag but rather pay the non-discounted rate given the concerns about individual/account information protection etc.

What is needed, is greater transparency regarding the terms and conditions of the ETC (Electronic Toll Collection) tender document and the extent of the potential financial penalties, should the e-Toll project not proceed.

 

 

The current stance only corroborates Government’s stubbornness to proceed despite all logical and economic reasons to rethink the project.

It has however become painfully obvious, that this is the biggest public uprising against a decision taken by government since the birth of our new democracy 18 years ago.

Editorial contact: Paul Pauwen 083 250 0333 (www.savrala.co.za)

Notes to editor:

1)      DA Question 2598, reply by Minister of Transport can be found at   http://www.pmg.org.za/node/29123

2)      GFIP Economic Analysis available at http://www.nra.co.za/live/index.php

ALLIANCE FORMED IN OPPOSITION TO URBAN TOLLING

Press release issued 14-03-2012

ALLIANCE FORMED IN OPPOSITION TO URBAN TOLLING

Following anger and outrage against the e-Tolling of Gauteng’s freeways, an alliance has been formed to coordinate the strategies of a number of organisations and associations who share a common view about this unjust action.

Numerous organisations have been strongly opposing the e-toll program from various channels, yet a unified platform has been lacking to share and combine the efforts of business. The launch of OUTA (Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance) will be this platform and will provide a united front which will lend significant support to the cause.

The web site URL for the Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) is www.outa.co.za.  It is a concise informative portal and one that also allows organisations to sign up and display their support accordingly.  It will be dynamic and updated regularly.  In addition, individuals can also lend their support on the “support us” page as well as link through to the OUTA Facebook page to express their concerns, comments and views.

While there are a number of electronic petitions and web sites denouncing e-tolling in Gauteng (and these are all very necessary in their respective efforts), the OUTA platform is one that will provide clarity around the misleading and ambiguous statements and questions about e-tolling. The public and organisations have a desire and a right to know much more than that which has been ‘fed’ to them by the authorities.  The OUTA.co.za web site will also be the platform that provides updates of the legal challenge when this is lodged.

OUTA encourages organizations and the public view the site and sign up.
SUBMITTED BY SAVRALA

SAVRALA WELCOMES ANOTHER AARTO DELAY

Press release issued 08-03-2012

SAVRALA WELCOMES ANOTHER AARTO DELAY

SAVRALA, The Southern African Vehicle Rental and Leasing Association, representing approximately 450,000 vehicles nationally, welcomed yesterday’s announcement by Logan Maistry (spokesperson for the Department of Transport) about a delay of the planned roll-out of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) on April 01.

SAVRALA hopes that the Department of Transport will now return to a process of constructive and participative engagement at the Economic Development and Labour Council (Nedlac), to discuss many of the key concerns around AARTO which were left unanswered during the meetings last year.

Amongst the many issues raised, was the need for government to make public the results of the AARTO pilot study so that all stakeholders can become aware of the lessons learnt and will be able to contribute to any proposed regulation changes in the future. Some of the key lessons learnt from the e-Tolling process to date are that it is difficult for stakeholders to give productive input into a process when information is withheld by the Department of Transport.

As the central focus of AARTO is to change driver behavior, SAVRALA would like to see the current schedule of offences (over three thousand) get reduced to focus on the critical infringements that contribute to the current unacceptable level of death on our roads. SAVRALA believes a simplified schedule of key offences would assist both consistent enforcement by the authorities and provide better understanding to the public road user.

In addition, several of the key AARTO administrative processes could also be simplified to make the system more reliable, efficient and less expensive to implement, this however will require an open mind from the authorities when AARTO discussions once again commence with stakeholders.

SAVRALA is in the process of setting up workshops with all relevant stakeholders to identify ways of achieving safer roads and looks forward to the Department of Transport’s participation in this regard.

End

Editorial contact: Paul Pauwen 083 250 0333 (www.savrala.co.za)