Department of Transport

Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula has come under fire over the Traffic Department’s drving tax proposal. Photo: GCIS / Flickr

‘Owning a car in SA is a sin’: Instant outrage over new driving tax proposal

Empty your pockets: The Transport Department is looking to introduce a new driving tax. Here’s what you should know…

Department of Transport

Transport Minister, Fikile Mbalula has come under fire over the Traffic Department’s drving tax proposal. Photo: GCIS / Flickr

The Department of Transport has just announced that they are looking into introducing a new “traffic management levy” for South African drivers. According to the department, the driving tax will help with managing traffic resources at both a national and provincial level.

South Africans have reacted angrily to the news and are up in arms about paying taxes while struggling to keep up with their day-to-day needs.

Mzansi up in arms over proposed ‘driving tax’

The Department of Transport has announced an investigation into introducing a new driving tax that supposedly aids traffic management across the country.

The proposed ‘traffic management levy’ was published by the department last week and explains that the tax could be added to existing vehicle licence fees and/or fuel sales, Business Tech reports.

“A balanced funding policy on road traffic must be introduced. Spending priorities must be re-evaluated in the road and road-traffic environment in view of traffic quality-related road user needs the adverse economic impact of inadequate levels of road traffic management, and the expected benefits of increased spending on traffic management,” the department said while adding:

“Additional and innovative funding strategies for traffic management functions will be investigated and introduced. This will include the allocation of a percentage of the roads budget for traffic control purposes. The introduction of a traffic-management levy to vehicle licence fees and fuel sales will be investigated.”

The department also added that they will be making improvements to the current fine collection procedure which relates to traffic offenses and penalties for non-payment.

They added that the confiscation of movable property and demerit systems will be improved and fully implemented as part of the improvements.


Many South African motorists have been left seething by the news.

While some complained about the already sky-high price of fuel, others mentioned the poor conditions of South African roads despite paying taxes.

Here are some of their comments:

Taryn Anderson said:

“Please take a long walk off a short cliff ! You are killing my business and my livelihood! Go dig in your back pockets and give back the money use that! Not us”

Motsiri Mohale said:

“Toll gates, e-tolls, driver’s licence, emission tax, fuel levies, license disk, tire tax, spare parts tax, tickets, parking fees, car guards, and what else. Owning a car is a sin in South Africa.

Nape Lekoloane commented:

“This is nonsense. Already we are drowning and they want to finish us. The day the people revolt against this government, they will not believe it. They think we are just sheep waiting to be slaughtered.”

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