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|Transport Summit to Spolight proposed truck ban|
|Wednesday, 18 November 2009 21:18|
Transport Summit to spotlight proposed truck ban
The Government's proposed freight strategy to ban certain trucks from using the country's roads and to prohibit certain commodities from being transported by road will come under the scrutiny of a panel of experts at the NEPAD Transport Summit at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand on November 25-26.
The experts will come from the Department of Transport. Transnet, the Road Freight Association and, because of the potential effects of the proposed ban on traffic outside of South Africa, the Cross-Border Road Transport Agency and the Maputo Corridor Logistics Initiative.
The proposed strategy which seeks to revitalise branch rail lines and reduce damage to the road infrastructure has come under heavy fire from the private sector and is expected to provoke stormy debate at the summit.
Setting the scene for the debate is the document from the Department of Transport to the transport industry outlining its proposed strategy -- in which the department said: "Most of our secondary road networks have reached a state of disrepair that necessitates the introduction of measures to preserve them."
The transport industry, however, blames the crumbling of the road networks on poor and inadequate maintenance, and Frank Beeton of Econometrix, a leading think tank on economic affairs, says the proposed ban has the potential to do severe damage to the country's economy.
Present at the Summit for the panel discussion will be decision-makers from 14 African governments, the African Union and regional economic communities, as well as senior executives from major transport and logistics companies, engineering and construction groups, development banks and funding agencies.
Official observers will be there from Canada, France and the Netherlands, the European Union, USAID, the European Investment Bank and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
The objective of the Summit is to develop and fast-track Africa's cross-border transport potential to stimulate growth and fight poverty and unemployment.
The main focus will be on Africa's key cross-border arteries -- road, rail air and ports -- and their importance in regional integration.
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