background: 

 Strategies:

Bearing in mind the Direct Democracy Forum’s (the DDF‘s) intention to fund local, regional and national government from TEAL, and the DDF‘s policy of simplifying the living conditions of all South Africans, the DDF will be providing cost effective, attractive and convenient transport alternatives that can be voluntarily accessed by your average road user.  To achieve this the DDF will adopt the following strategies:

  • Scrap fuel levies.
  • Scrap all road tolling systems, including the controversial E-Tolls
  • Fund the nations roads, new and existing, through TEAL.
  • Revert to road maintenance at all levels based on public tenders.
  • Reserve certain roads to certain classes of traffic at certain times of the day to reduce peak hour traffic congestion.
  • Scrap annual vehicle licenses.
  • Initiate annual vehicle road worthiness inspections.
  • Introduce long-term drivers licenses, requiring re issuing at the age of 60, 70, 75 and 80, and thereafter annually, or re-testing after inception of driver debilitating diseases or injuries or after a score on a points system is reached through accident or traffic violations. 
  • Introduce short-term commercial drivers licenses, renewable at 1 and 3 years, and retested at 5 years, the cycle repeating itself indefinitely.
  • Upgrade rail transport for goods and passenger services.
  • Regulate use of road goods transport services where alternate rail transport is available.
  • Re-institute rural train services and develop more rural lines to dovetail with DDF policies for rural and agricultural development and rural renewal. 
  • Develop high speed rail links between major centers. 
  • Develop high speed suburban and urban rail services in all major South African cities.
  • Develop South Africa’s much under developed maritime fleet, particularly in the wake of the sale of Safmarine to Denmark’s A.P. Moller-Maersk Group in 1999.

Conclusion:

The DDF believe that by

  • maximising the use of rail transport systems it can
    • significantly reduce the price of goods transported through the country and therefor
      • reduce the price of goods on the shelves,
      • relieve the burden on many of the nation’s roads thus
      • further reducing the cost of road transport and the cost of goods on the shelves. 
  • applying peak hour traffic management,  ease transport costs arising from
    • congestion delays, 
    • loss of fuel 
    • high vehicle wear and tear,
    • improve the quality of the commuter experience. 
  • providing desirable alternatives to road transport for urban and suburban commuters
    • we can further ease the burden on peak hour traffic and
    • further improve the commuter experience, and
  • shifting the emphasis from vehicle licensing to vehicle road-worthiness and driver licensing to driver competence, together with all the aforementioned strategies,
    • we can improve driver competence
    • improve vehicle safety
    • we can significantly reduce traffic congestion, 
    • reduce driver frustration, 
    • reduce driver exhaustion, 
    • eliminate road-rage, 
    • reduce accidents and 
    • reduce fatalities.

As a nation we simply do not have to tolerate a dangerous commuter and transport environment and the DDF has strategies that will change this environment for the better.