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Fuel pain in December as petrol breaches R20/l

Fuel prices will be through the roof in December, with the price of oil playing almost no part. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which was commenting on price increases announced by the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) yesterday (SUBS::29 Nov), and which come into effect at midnight tonight (SUBS::30 Nov). The Association says the increases again point to the need for an urgent investigation and recalculation of the current fuel pricing model and its existing elements.

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Fuel price disaster as petrol tests R20/l

November fuel price hikes announced by the Minister of Energy last night (Sunday, 1 November) will be disastrous for fuel users and consumers across the board. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA), which says a perfect storm of demand imbalances, refinery costs, natural gas price hikes and Rand weakness would see the petrol price close in on R20 a litre in the runup to Christmas.

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Parliament must intervene at RTMC

The Automobile Association (AA) says an urgent inquiry by Parliament into the operational and financial affairs of the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) is necessary and overdue. The Association says the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Transport should also summon the Chairperson of the RTMC, Mr Zola Majavu to explain why he made false statements about the funding of the Corporation in the RTMC’s 2020 annual report.

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E-toll funding must be secured elsewhere

Remarks by Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula, that e-tolls will not be scrapped, and that an e-toll funding solution will be found, are disappointing and out of step with the sentiments of the majority of Gauteng motorists. The Automobile Association (AA) reiterates its long-held view that the e-toll system in its present form will continue to fail as most motorists have a taken a principled stand against making e-toll payments.

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Inaugural AA Spare Parts Pricing Guide released

The inaugural AA Spare Parts Pricing Guide has arrived and includes parts pricing over eleven categories of vehicles, including electric vehicles. The Guide, wholly researched and published for the first time by the Automobile Association (AA) this year, covers parts pricing for service parts, maintenance parts and body repair parts. “After careful consideration of the parts needed across these...

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RTMC owes South Africans official clarity on fees issue

Proposed amended fees for services offered by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) announced by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula are beyond outrageous and show deep contempt for the citizens of South Africa. The Automobile Association (AA) says the proposed fees – seen in the context of the poor to non-existent service delivery rendered by the RTMC currently – seek to extract as much revenue from already cash-strapped citizens without providing any associated benefit to them.

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Proposed RTMC fees a shakedown of motorists

Proposed amended fees for services offered by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) announced by Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula are beyond outrageous and show deep contempt for the citizens of South Africa. The Automobile Association (AA) says the proposed fees – seen in the context of the poor to non-existent service delivery rendered by the RTMC currently – seek to extract as much revenue from already cash-strapped citizens without providing any associated benefit to them.

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Fuel to swing lower as oil retreats

South African fuel users will enjoy a breather in September, with prices of all grades of fuel set to drop. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund.

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Time’s up to renew driving licences and discs

Motorists with expired vehicle discs and driving licences are warned that the grace period for renewals stops at the end of August. And, the Automobile Association (AA) warns, government has indicated that no further extensions will be considered, putting even more pressure on motorists who haven’t yet renewed these documents.

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Gautrain extension unacceptable

Proposed route extensions to the Gautrain must be rejected by the Gauteng Provincial Government as they will perpetuate a system which caters for the minority of citizens in the province who don’t need it, instead of the mass market which does. This call on the provincial government is contained in a detailed submission of the Automobile Association (AA) made today in relation to the proposed extensions of the Gauteng Rapid Rail Integrated Network, or simply, the Gautrain.

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Fuel hits record highs in SA – breaches R18/l

The price of all fuel will, from midnight tonight (3 August), hit record highs across the country, outstripping by some margin the priciest fuel has ever been in South Africa. According to the Automobile Association (AA) fuel first hit record highs in April when 95 ULP in Gauteng was priced at R17.32 a litre, and R16.61 at the coast. Record highs were again recorded in July with the price pegged at R17.39 inland, and R16.67 at the cost.

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Rand, oil to push fuel higher

All fuel types will be more expensive in August when the Department of Mineral Resources and Energy (DMRE) adjusted fuel prices for August. This is according to the Automobile Association (AA) which was commenting on unaudited month-end fuel price data released by the Central Energy Fund (CEF). The fuel price is adjusted on the first Wednesday of every month.

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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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