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August 2013

Half of all driving licences issued between 1998 and 2003 were invalid. That was the conclusion of Willie Hofmeyr, the past head of the Special Investigations Unit. The SIU spent years poking around in dusty file rooms of municipal testing stations trying to uncover the truth behind licensing fraud and corruption in South Africa, and what they found wasn't pretty.

July 2013

By Caryl Kolk (Fleishman-Hillard)
The AA condemns the waste of money spent by SANRAL's on advertising eTolling. SANRAL spent R85 million over the 2011/2012 period on advertising eTolls.

July 2013

BP gives you tips on fuel efficient driving. Read this article to find out if you are a 'Gas Guzzler' or a 'Frugal Fueler'?

July 2013

Roadworthiness is a hot potato in South African road safety and the problem starts with the numbers.

June 2013

Earlier today Kapsch TraffiCom, the Austrian company operating South Africa’s eTolling system, announced that additional annual revenue of €50 million will be coming from the pockets of Gauteng’s drivers. The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) was stunned by this latest revelation.

June 2013

Body area Following OUTA’s call last week to society for help in raising R1 million to get its case to the Supreme Court of Appeal in September 25th, “Just five days later we are able to announce that over R1.35 million was raised from the public, plus a further R1 million contribution on Friday from the DA” said Wayne Duvenage, OUTA’s chairperson.

June 2013

Citizens' rights group, OUTA, has reported a massive response from the public in the wake of its June 5th appeal for a million Rand to enable it to take its e-tolling case to the Supreme Court of Appeal in September this year.

June 2013

At the AA, we have over the years heard it all, and by far the most common call we receive from our Members is “my car made a funny noise and then it died” or “it clicked and would not start”. We learned a long time ago not to ask what it “sounded” like simply because a diagnosis based purely on the noise quite often leads you in the wrong direction when looking to resuscitate a car.But, having said that, there are a couple of noises a car makes when in distress that are a sure giveaway to the problem.

June 2013

Whoever taught us to drive was usually concerned with self-preservation, so the first thing most of us ever learned about driving was “...the brake stops the car...yes, the middle pedal... brake... Brake... BRAKE!!!...”. Within our first two or three kilometres of driving we learned braking as the default response to almost any out-of-the-ordinary situation. Steering ran a close second. When, later in our driving careers, a child ran across the street in front of us, our response was instinctive. (“The brake stops the car.”) Another thing we learned about the brake pedal is that the harder we pushed it, the faster we stopped, so, faced with an extreme emergency, we instinctively jammed on the brakes as hard as we possibly could.

June 2013

It is your last chance to comment on the regulations for eTolling in Gauteng. Make your voice heard and submit your comment to Mr Mphahlele at the Department of Transport on, or before, midday 24 June, 2013. Members of the public now have 30 days to comment.

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