Department of Transport
9 July 2019
Government will need to focus on policy or incentive schemes that reward users of cleaner fuels and cleaner fossil fuels going forward.
The transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, mentioned this during an address at the Southern African Transport Conference in Pretoria.
The minister also indicated that operational regulations will be needed for future modes of transport such as Air Propelled Trains, Flying Drone Passenger Cars, Dual Mode Transportation Systems, Passenger Autonomous Vehicles and Hyperloop.
“These kinds of “newer” modes being introduced in the transport sector, will require operational regulations, as they will also need to be mandated to use clean, green, and safe energy sources as alternatives”, he said.
The minister declared that the role of government is to develop new policies and laws that render transport disruptive technologies beneficial to all.
“The different spheres of government have to (for instance) regulate the collection of data, as well as determine what can be shared and what remains private.”
As regards greenhouse gas emissions, the minister pointed out that government was determined to reduce the transport sector’s contribution to national total emissions via the implementation of the Green Transport Strategy.
The strategy is designed to reduce the negative impact of transport on the environment while simultaneously addressing current and future transport demands.
“As a stepping stone, as government, we need to actively promote investment in the production of biogas, the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG), Liquid Natural Gas (LNG), as well as fuel cell and solar powered Electric Vehicles (EVs).”
The minister also highlighted that currently no policy or regulatory framework exists that determines the requirements, norms and standards for cleaner fossil fuels in South Africa.
The minister also called for transport regulations to be amended to accommodate technological innovations.
“Hydrogen fuel cell technology is advantageous in that it has a low carbon footprint – therefore contributing to cleaner air and better health for the South African citizenry. It also involves minimal noise when used in fuel cells.”