Department of Transport
The transport department plans to create an institutional arrangement that seamlessly integrates road traffic entities in the interests of road safety.
The transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, announced this during a speech at the department’s virtual strategic planning session.
The minister added that the rationalization must be based on a new service delivery model that must be given priority.
“The rationalisation process must include the RTMC, RTIA, DLCA and various Inspectorate functions,” he said.
According to the minister, the “implementation of a single chain of command in traffic policing and the classification of traffic police as a 24-hour, 7-days job” must also be included in the rationalization process.
The department also has plans to wrap up the funding and tariff structure on the Gauteng Freeway Improvement Project by March 2021.
“We cannot afford to continue to kick the can down the road on this matter. We have no choice, but to meet this deadline,” said Mbalula.
As regards the National Taxi Lekgotla held last year, the minister pointed out that “ground-breaking resolutions that will undoubtedly place the taxi industry on a new trajectory in many respects” flowed from the meeting.
Resolutions include the implementation of a re-imagined taxi recapitalisation programme designed to scrap 63 000 taxis by 2024 and implement a new public transport funding model that includes the taxi industry from the next financial year and the declaration of a moratorium on new operating licences.
Other initiatives in the pipeline include a sound aviation policy responsive to national imperatives, the corporatisation of the Transnet National Ports Authority to increase efficiency and effectiveness at ports, implementing coastal shipping and other interventions as part of the Comprehensive Maritime Transport Policy, the National Public Transport Regulator to urgently assume responsibility for the issuing of inter-provincial operating licences and all initiatives of the Marine Transport Manufacturing focus area of Operation Phakisa: Oceans Economy to be implemented in order to achieve the desired outcomes.