The short answer is because the Draft Green Transport Strategy (GTS) - for the period 2017 to 2050 was published for comment and only signed into law in Pretoria during October 2018 by Transport Minister Blade Nzimande together with his Deputy Sindisiwe Chikunga. Read on to see just when Norway introduced their incentives and why they are street s ahead of every other country in the world. During the GTS launch, Nzimande urged both the public and private sector including the automobile manufacturers to work together with government in reducing the ever-increasing carbon dioxide emissions saying; "Through this strategy, we aim to promote green mobility to ensure that the transport sector supports the achievements of the economic growth targets whilst protecting our environment. As we know, transport is the driver of socio-economic development, but of course, our carbon footprint continues to grow at a highly unacceptable level. This thing of our continent always being behind is something that’s actually is unacceptable." "Minister, you have found in NAAMSA, a winning and knowledgeable partner in addressing the challenges of the green road transportation and the reducing half of the green gas emissions which contributes to environmental pollution and poor quality air in our country. The need to reduce air pollution and improve urban air quality in South Africa is imperative and we believe that this can be achieved within a relatively short space of time," added NAAMSA Chair and Toyota SA CEO, Andrew Kirby. Transport has been identified as the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions, accounting for around 10.8% of National GHG emissions. Direct emissions from the road sector, account for 91.2% - mainly from the combustion of petrol and diesel. In the GTS the Department of Transport says; "In terms of reducing the use of fossil fuels, the DoT needs to actively promote investment in the production of biogas, the use of CNG, LNG, fuel cell and solar powered EVs." Now - pedantic persons such as I will be a bit dismayed at the words "solar powered EV's" as, strictly speaking, solar powered EV's are NOT the answer to transport but rather a means to an end, the end being widespread adoption of battery powered Electric Vehicles! The DoT acknowledges that the production and burning of fossil fuels is the primary cause of global warming … [Read more...]
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