Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni
Premium Journalist
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18 Nov 2019
5:50 am

SA’s new ‘green’ car taxes once again aim at a ‘soft target’

Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni

South Africa’s Green Transport Strategy for 2018-2050 needs a reality check, according to experts, who cite numerous economic and structural challenges in government’s push for greener and fewer cars on the road.

Traffic backed-up for kilometres due to a closed section on the N2. Photo: supplied

This was after the department of transport published the strategy recently, which included new taxes and levies and new rules for road users. The blueprint also outlined its strategy for road, rail and aviation sectors, geared towards government’s international commitments on reducing carbon emissions. The Automobile Association (AA) spokesperson Layton Beard reiterated the organisation’s stance against additional taxes on motorists, saying the existing ones were already dubious. The department’s strategy would include a review on the current environmental levy on new motor vehicle CO2 emissions and expand the tax to include commercial vehicles to more effectively influence energy efficiency and...