Transport is one of the most important responsibilities of government. It plays a vital part in ensuring the freedom of the individual in a country of such vast distances. It is the artery of the economy and of good administration. It links South Africa to the outside world and brings wealth, ideas, technology and foreign visitors into the country.
Transport is also one of the most sadly neglected responsibilities of government. Public transport is, by comparison with many other countries in the developing world, virtually non-existent. Virtually all regulations governing transport are honoured more in breach than in observance. The state-owned services are losing money and are rapidly falling into decay. Both private and public systems are riddled with insecurity and corruption.
The IFP policy on transport is designed to address the most pressing problems in the shortest possible time. In view of the ever-diminishing funds at the disposal of the authorities, the IFP’s policies emphasise only those aspects that can be practically addressed.
The IFP believes that the transport industry should be privatised as soon as possible.
Land passenger transport for urban commuters and rural communities needs to be upgraded. Road safety must also be addressed.
The road and rail freight transportation networks should be upgraded.
The IFP would encourage the extension of domestic civil aviation links, and to encourage the competitiveness, in the international market, of services and fares to and from South Africa.
The IFP places particular importance on the continued development of the South African maritime transport and shipping industry.