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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.

May 2013

E-tolling opponents OUTA have hailed the City of Cape Town's e-tolling court victory over SANRAL, marking another blow against SANRAL’s plans to ram their unpopular plans down society’s throat. OUTA Chairman, Wayne Duvenage, said the case had demonstrated SANRAL's lack of legal compliance and highlighted contradictions in its policy.

May 2013

Earlier today the City of Cape Town won an interdict against the South African National Roads Agency Limited (SANRAL) to halt the tolling process in the province.

May 2013

As if adjusting to modern roads and traffic isn't enough to drive you round the twist, a new problem is rearing its head: keys. In the old days, cars were started with a button, which was fair enough because honesty was presumed and surely nobody would steal something as big and substantial as a car, would they? Early motorists soon realised that this was folly, leading to the debut of the key-operated ignition switch. But an ignition switch is really just a fancy way to join a couple of wires, and it didn't take thieves long to learn how to bypass the ignition switch with a length of their own wire. This gave rise to the famous term “hot-wiring” and was a routine method of car theft until the motor industry began to fight back with increasingly sophisticated combinations of alarms and immobilisers.

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