OUTA congratulates RMI on tyre levy legal challenge
The Opposition to Urban Tolling Alliance (OUTA) is pleased to hear of RMI’s challenge to interdict the REDISA plan in the high court, which aims to introduce a tyre recycling levy/tax on all new tyre sales, following a rather improper approval and introduction of this regulation by Government.
Reading through the papers, as with the e-toll saga, this was another case of Government making a decision which lacked sufficient input from all stakeholders and certainly did not have the interests of the citizen in mind. While we all applaud the need to address the issue of tyre waste, recycling and job creation, this matter needed to be given far more thought, research and engagement than that which took place when the regulations ‘forced’ into being. There should be a sound case for a self-sustaining business model when it comes to tyre recycling and if possible, zero levies applied.
“Once again this is another example of how the authorities jumped the gun and forgot to include the very people and stakeholders who might be affected by the plan. Sadly, tax payers money and time has been wasted, but this should be seen as another successful halt to irrational decision making, achieved by an industry association that stood up to be counted” says Wayne Duvenage from OUTA.