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From advice on planning a road trip to how to keep your tyres in top condition, read our latest articles for motoring news, insights, tips, etc.

Fuel hammered from all sides

The Automobile Association (AA) calls on South Africans to limit all non-essential travel as road transport comes under pressure from unrest and the spectre of fuel shortages. The Association also warns that unaudited mid-month fuel price data from the Central Energy Fund reflected a risk of substantial fuel price hikes at month-end.

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Have private security option in place if you must travel

Motorists and other road users in parts of KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng are advised to plan their trips with care, avoid areas where civil unrest has been reported, and ensure they have access to security back-up if the need it. The Automobile Association (AA) says it is concerned about the economic impact of recent riots on main roads, at toll plazas, and in certain CBD areas, especially on the road freight sector.

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AARTO process gets underway with phased-in process

The Automobile Association (AA) is pleased that government has heeded calls to clarify issues relating to the implementation of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) but says no real roll-out of the system can occur until the system’s regulations are promulgated.

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Firmer oil pushes fuel higher

Users of all grades of fuel will be paying more in July when the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy officially adjusts the prices of fuels later this week. This is according to the Automobile Association, which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.

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Roll-out of AARTO mired in confusion

With 1 July now just a day away, details of the planned roll-out of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) are still lacking and it is becoming increasingly urgent for government, and the Road Traffic Infringement Agency (RTIA), to inform the public of exactly what the process will be.

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Clarity on AARTO roll-out lacking

The planned roll-out of the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (AARTO) is scheduled for national implementation on 1 July 2021, but the Automobile Association (AA) says too many questions about the implementation remain unanswered.

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Fuel tussle continues as oil battles Rand

Rand strength is keeping rampant international oil prices mostly at bay, but only petrol is currently set for price reductions, with other fuel types poised to increase. That’s the word from the Automobile Association (AA), which was reporting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.

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AA Forecasts Petrol Down, Others Up in June Fuel Move

The Automobile Association (AA) is forecasting that petrol users are set for some month-end relief at the pumps, while other fuel users will pay more when the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy announces adjusted fuel price for June. The AA was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.

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Formal decision on e-tolls not yet made

The Automobile Association (AA) says comments by Gauteng MEC for Transport Jacob Mamabolo on e-tolls do not amount to an official announcement on the system, and may not be considered government’s formal position on the matter.

“The system is still in force as it was previously and while we share the MEC’s sentiments that the system should be scrapped, no formal announcement that they have been scrapped has been made,” notes the AA.

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AA Developing New Spare Parts Pricing Guide for Consumers

From 2021 the Automobile Association (AA) will be preparing and releasing an independent spare parts pricing guide for South African consumers. Previously the Association released this guide under the title of the AA-Kinsey Report. Moving forward, a new report will be collated and distributed solely under the banner of the Automobile Association.

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Breakdown of petrol costs in SA 2021

Petrol users across South Africa are paying around R5 a litre more for fuel in May 2021, compared to May 2020. These increases come off the back of significant fuel price increases throughout the first few months of the year, which saw fuel reach record highs in April. Although fuel prices dipped a little in May, the fuel price remains high, affecting all sectors of the economy. Filling a 50-litre tank with petrol in South Africa costs just more than R250 in May 2021 than it did in May 2020.

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Get your vehicle ready for winter now

Temperatures across South Africa are gradually falling, and the full onset of winter is imminent. The Automobile Association (AA) says it’s important for motorists to be aware of the change in climate, and to prepare adequately for the cold months ahead.

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AA relieved at potential fuel price breather for May

Stability on international petroleum markets and a stronger exchange rate have given fuel prices a breather. This is according to the Automobile Association, which was commenting on unaudited mid-month fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.

The current data shows the prospect of a welcome 32 cents-a-litre drop in the price of diesel, and 27 cents for illuminating paraffin.

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Five things government must do to reduce fuel prices in SA

No silver bullet to bringing down fuel pricesProviding cheaper fuels to South African citizens will not happen with the flick of switch but will require a multi-faceted, multi-departmental approach with the involvement of the private sector. This is the view of the Automobile Association (AA) which today made representations to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Mineral Resources and...

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Easter road statistics don’t add up

Official numbers give false view of road safety in SAEaster road safety statistics released by Minister of Transport Fikile Mbalula yesterday, 8 April would be encouraging if the broader Easter statistics from previous years aligned with today’s announcement. However, the Automobile Association (AA) says official numbers from previous years don’t reconcile with each other, or the Minister’s own...

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AA launches its first Auto Centre in Gauteng

Automobile Association CEO, Willem Groenewald, (left), and AA Auto Centre owner, Noelan Vandayar, officially opening the first AA Auto Centre in Johannesburg.As part of its mission to provide motorists with cost-effective, reliable, and trusted services, the Automobile Association (AA) has launched its first AA Auto Centre. The first centre is in Gauteng, and the Association plans to open...

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Fuel could reach record highs in April

NOTE TO EDITORS: The Automobile Association (AA) does not regulate or adjust fuel prices in South Africa, nor does it have any input in how the fuel prices are calculated. Fuel prices are officially calculated and adjusted on the first Wednesday of every month by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy. The DMRE is the only entity which regulates, sets, and adjusts fuel prices in South...

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Jaguar Land Rover helps to ready the AA for the future of electric mobility in South Africa

Jaguar Land Rover Training Academy opens its doors to the AA for specialised EV training Focus on safety and convenience for EV-related roadside assistance and vehicle recovery services A group of AA Line Managers were trained on jump-starting, towing, jacking and charging electrified vehicles   Pretoria, 29 March 2021 – Jaguar Land Rover has partnered with the Automobile Association (AA)...

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Decision on e-tolls cannot be delayed again – AA

The long-awaited announcement by government on the future of e-tolls cannot be delayed any further and must provide a clear way forward for Gauteng road users. The Automobile Association (AA) believes any decision which does not end the tolling system in the province is doomed to fail.   The Association says because of the uncertainty caused by the long delays in providing a resolution,...

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Ensure Easter joy does not turn to Easter horror on SA roads this festive season – AA

For the first time in more than a year, many South Africans will taking an Easter vacation away from their homes, travelling again on national roads, and enjoying the wonderful sights the country has to offer. Easter 2021 falls on the first weekend in April with Good Friday being observed on Friday, 2 April, Holiday with an additional public holiday on Monday, 5 April following Easter Sunday....

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Grim fuel outlook continues

Fuel levy increases at a difficult time in the country’s economy will contribute to what are expected to be extremely high fuel price increases at the end of March going into April. These increases will exacerbate the already dire financial positions of millions of South Africans, according to the Automobile Association (AA). The Association says steepening climbs in international petroleum...

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SANRAL’s heavy-handed approach to motorists won’t solve any problems – AA

The South African National Roads Agency Limited’s (SANRAL) insistence at the weekend that the non-payment of e-tolls will result in motorists being unable to renew vehicle licence discs is outrageous, dishonest and irregular, says the Automobile Association (AA). Reports in Sunday’s City Press newspaper refer to a section on SANRAL’s website that reads: “4. Outstanding toll fees to be settled...

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