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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.

Maruti Suzuki S-Presso rated three stars for adult occupant protection in South Africa

Global NCAP and the Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) launch the last result for the #Saf-erCarsForAfrica campaign under its current test protocols today (30 June), with the welcome support of the FIA Foundation and Bloomberg Philanthropies. As from next month the assessment protocols will be up-dated to include side impact, Electronic Stability Control (ESC), and pedestrian protection requirements.

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Gautrain expansion a disastrous financial decision

The determination of the expansion route for the Gautrain by Gauteng MEC for Roads and Transport, Mr Jacob Mamabolo, disregards factual evidence opposing such a move, and underscores the poor financial decision to allocate funds to a failing system. The Automobile Association (AA) says publication of the route determination for Phase 1 of the proposed Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network (GRRIN) project – Gautrain – must be rejected and urges national government to halt any discussions regarding the funding of such expansions.

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Government’s extended fuel relief welcome

Government’s announcement that it will extend fuel relief in the form of a reduced General Fuel Levy (GFL) in June and July is welcome and will ease financial pressure on embattled consumers. But, says the Automobile Association (AA), while the relief is being extended, the massive increases to fuel prices for June are still going to hurt consumers and the economy.

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Automobile Association (AA) acquires 30% stake in mobility security app CASi

Automobile Association (AA) acquires 30% stake in mobility security app CASi   The Automobile Association of South Africa (AA) has the interests of consumers at the heart of everything it does. In this regard, the Association has diversified its services to provide the most comprehensive mobility services and solutions to the public.   The AA is cognisant that being stranded on the side of the...

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AA commentary on various road and traffic issues

The marked decrease in the number of road deaths on the country’s roads over easter is to be welcomed but must be seen in the context of decreased traffic volumes on the country’s roads over easter. During a briefing this morning, Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula announced that 162 people died on the country’s roads in 134 fatal crashes.

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Prepare properly for the Easter holiday

As the Easter long-weekend approaches, many families will be planning short vacations across South Africa to get away and spend quality time with each other. Sadly, Easter is also a turbulent time on South African roads with many crashes and fatalities over this period. This year, Easter begins on Friday, 15 April and ends on Monday, 18 April.

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Blue Light Brigades a road safety threat in SA

Presidential Protection Unit convoys transporting politicians on the country’s roads – especially on major highways – continue to pose a road safety threat for all motorists, and their operation should be reviewed. The Automobile Association (AA) says it will communicate with the Ministers of Police and Transport to have such a review of the so-called Blue Light Brigades instituted urgently.

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Levy cuts welcome but fuel price shocks still in store for South Africans

The R1.50 reduction on the General Fuel Levy (GFL) announced by the Minister of Finance last week is welcome and will take some pressure off embattled consumers. However, the Automobile Association (AA) says fuel price increases for April announced by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) this afternoon will still keep fuel prices at record high levels and will add financial pressure on all South Africans.

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Crisis looms as driving licence deadline approaches

A crisis is looming in South Africa as the deadline for the renewal of driving licences arrives tomorrow (SUBS:: Thursday, 31 March) but with hundreds of thousands of drivers who have still not applied for their new cards. The Automobile Association (AA) again appeals to the Minister of Transport to reconsider government’s refusal to extend this deadline, and to make provision for a longer renewal period.

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Personal security a must in SA

South Africans remain concerned about their safety with 78% of citizens adding more security features to their homes to ensure their well-being in 2022. This is one of the findings of the Automobile Association’s (AA) 2022 State of Security Report (SoS Report) conducted in the first three months of the year.

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Fuel price shock on the horizon

South Africans can expect record fuel price increases in April, delivering yet another blow to already embattled consumers. Commenting on mid-month fuel data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF), the Automobile Association (AA) notes that the current data is projecting fuel prices to touch on R24/l for petrol and R23.60 for diesel.

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Sharp fuel hikes will hurt all South Africans

The massive fuel increases announced by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) today will have a sharp and immediate effect on the poor, and a long-term impact on inflation. Commenting on the increases, the Automobile Association (AA) says the increases are above expectations, and will hurt all South Africans.

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Landmark win for consumers

In a landmark win for consumers, the Minister of Finance, Mr Enoch Godongwane, today heeded calls by the Automobile Association (AA) not to increase the rate of fuel levies, and at the same time announced a “review of all aspects of the fuel price” subsequent to prolonged campaigns and a petition by the AA calling into question perpetual fuel hikes.

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Massive fuel hikes on the horizon

Massive fuel hikes well above R1/l are on the cards for all grades of fuel going into March. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on fuel price data released today by the Central Energy Fund (CEF).

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Government must tackle rising fuel costs urgently

“Our economy is closely linked to the fuel price; it is a major input cost in the manufacturing, retailing and agricultural sectors. We have noted before that a review of the current structure of the fuel price, as well as an audit of all the elements which comprise the fuel price, should be done sooner rather than later. We therefore call on the Minister of Finance to initiate such a review during his Budget Speech on 23 February,” says the AA.

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Driving licence problems need more time to solve

The Automobile Association (AA) is encouraged that the driving licence production machine is again operational and that efforts are underway to clear the massive backlogs in the delivery of driving licences to motorists in the country. However, the Association remains concerned about the capacity of the renewal system to service the 2.1 million motorists who must renew their licences before the end of March and believes that more time is needed to resolve the current backlogs.

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Fuel hiked again on ominous oil

Ominous oil price data is the main cause of increased fuel prices. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on the latest price hikes for February announced by the Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE).

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Increase in road fatalities shocking and worrying

The 14 percent increase in the number of road fatalities during the 2021/2022 festive season compared to the 2020/2021 festive season is shocking and worrying and points to the need for urgent intervention and not promises of change. The Automobile Association (AA) says the horrific figures, released by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula today (SUBS:: 18 Jan 2022) will not be dealt with effectively unless real, effective amendments are made to current road safety practices.

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Court dismisses AARTO

The Automobile Association (AA) welcomes the judgment handed down by the Pretoria High Court declaring that the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences Act (AARTO), and its Amendments, are unconstitutional.

The court found that “the AARTO and Amendment Acts unlawfully intrude upon the exclusive executive and legislative competence of the local and provincial governments respectively and as such, the two Acts are unconstitutional.”

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Fuel pulls back on drifting oil stronger Rand

2022 kicks off with some good news for fuel users, with across-the-board reductions in prices. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on price movements announced by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) late yesterday evening.

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State Owned Enterprises must be held to account

The high remuneration of executives at State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) remains a concern and should be the focus of a Parliamentary inquiry in 2022. The Automobile Association (AA) says in specifically three entities it has reviewed, remuneration of executives does not correlate with set targets, nor is it in line with private sector remuneration.

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