PRETORIA: South Africa is to consider a number of policy changes to encourage more environmentally-friendly vehicle usage.
The Department of Transport has made a host of proposals, which were published in a revised white paper this past week.
These include stricter parking policies, access restrictions for private cars, higher licence fees and road pricing or area licensing – to name of few.
Many of these proposals are already in place in parts of Europe, with countries like the UK charging more for travel into the city centre and for using petrol vehicles.
“Little consideration is currently given to environmentally sustainable transport practices within transport policy,” the department said in a statement. “South Africa, in line with the developed world, will have to adapt its economic growth policies to the requirements of environmentally sustainable development.”
Meanwhile, the department is also exploring the idea of a new ‘traffic management levy’ which will help with the financing of traffic management resources at both the provincial and national level.
Darul Ihsan Media Desk