Projects related to corruption, wasteful expenditure and irrational tax policy transport projects, such as the Gauteng E-Toll Decision, Concessionaire Tolling, The High costs of Road Construction, The South African Airways etc.
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:
DRIVER'S LICENCE RENEWAL AND VALIDITY
To overcome the current inefficiencies and delays in the renewal of driving licences such as the failed equipment processes, incapacity of driving licence training centers and corrupt official practices. OUTA calls for validity of driver's licences to be extended from 5 years to 10 years.
OUTA wants to know how much SANRAL’s toll road operators are collecting, and how much they hand over to SANRAL. OUTA has submitted formal requests for information to SANRAL, using the Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA), to get this information on three toll concessionaires. All these requests were refused and the matters have gone to court.
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.
The Gauteng Freeway Improvement System (GFIP) gantries have been recording e-toll bills against motorists since 3 December 2013. Ever since then, SANRAL has been involved in a war of attrition against motorists who refuse to pay e-tolls.
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 the high court to have Myeni declared a delinquent director as a result of her conduct on the SAA board, to block her from being a director of any business or SOE.
In May 2020, the high court declared Myeni a delinquent director for life. In April 2021, the Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed Myeni's application for leave to appeal.
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.