OUTA’s Transport Portfolio was established to address the following core focus areas, whereby we believe our work will improve the performance of Government, its respective departments and its state owned entities in the delivery of service to society:
Core Focus Areas:
To expose and address maladministration and corruption in Public Sector and Private Sectors involved in transport. eg. E-Tolls, SAA, PRASA etc
To challenge Fuel Tax Increases including the non ring fencing of carbon tax on the fuel levy
To represent society / our supporters on Policy development (in Parliament & other functions) to ensure rationality and best outcomes to society.
Engage and provide input to Government / Parliament when requested to do so, within our mandate and capacity.
To further the aims and development of OUTA’s Transport Portfolio through:
Media Statements in response to developments of projects, cases and reaction to matters pertinent to factors impacting on civil society in the transport sector.
Participate in national conferences (Private and Public Sector), where Civil Society input is required.
Position Papers and opinion pieces where necessary
In this portfolio we have undertaken the following projects:
LICENCE RENEWAL, ENFORCEMENT ORDERS AND THE LAW
Our investigation shows that the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA) is effectively converting old infringement notices into enforcement orders without following due process as laid out in the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) Act.
OUTA wants to know How much are SANRAL’s toll road operators collecting, and how much do they hand over to SANRAL. OUTA has submitted a formal request for information to SANRAL, using the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), to get this information.
AARTO AMENDMENT ACT
OUTA believes that the Act in its current form will not withstand scrutiny and that there are sections in it that are unconstitutional, not practical and unworkable. The main purpose of the Act and its amendment are to improve road safety yet, but the Amendment appears to be geared towards generating revenue. The AARTO Amendment Act was signed into law in 2019 but a date for it to come into effect has not yet been set.
On one side, batches of text messages with debt collection warnings are repeatedly sent in a war of attrition against motorists who don’t pay Gauteng e-tolls. On the other side, OUTA’s long-awaited battle over the constitutionality of e-tolls is slowly heading for court.
DUDU MYENI'S ROLE AT SAA
Dudu Myeni chaired the SAA board from December 2012 until October 2017. During this time, SAA lost billions of rand, despite having been profitable between 2010 and 2012.
In March 2017, OUTA and the SAA Pilots' Association (SAAPA) applied to court to have Myeni declared a delinquent director as a result of her conduct on the SAA board. This would block her from holding positions in any business or organisation as a director. This case finally started in the Pretoria High Court in October 2019 and continues.
SAA & BnP CAPITAL
Over the past few years, SAA has received several Billions of rands from Treasury, to assist the airline in meeting its financial obligations. This is a concern to OUTA.