Determination on Notifiable Railway Occurrences Drawn Up

Department of Transport

A determination regarding the category and type of all notifiable railway occurrences to be managed in a railway operator’s Safety Management System (SMS) has been published for comment.

The transport department published the determination in Government Gazette 42217.

The determination was drawn up in terms of Section 28 of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act.

Each railway operator is expected to develop, implement and maintain a SMS in the interests of safe railway operations.

The determination seeks to inform railway operators of the mandatory occurrence reporting and recording categories to be incorporated within their SMS and to assist and support the operator with setting down their SMS arrangements and procedures.

All notifiable occurrences have to be reported to the Railway Safety Regulator.

Occurrences include operational railway safety occurrences, security-related occurrences, transportation of dangerous goods, fatalities and injuries, damage to railway assets and labour unrest.

The directive is designed to provide practical advice and suggestions for the design, implementation and delivery of a railway SMS.

Included is detail on mandatory notifiable occurrences to be managed within the operator’s SMS and railway occurrence recording, notification and reporting to the Railway Safety Regulator.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Notice 119, the department has published revised safety permit fees in terms of the act for comment.

Group A operators will be charged an application fee of R56 333 for the transportation of mining goods while Group C operators will be charged an application fee of R3 335 for the transportation of passengers or general freight.

Group A operators will pay an application fee of R129 244.74 for a temporary safety permit while Group C operators will be charged R51 698.32 for a test and commissioning safety permit.

Detail is also provided on permit fee rates for non-rail related and rail-related revenue generating train operators, network operators and station operators.

The proposed fees will apply for the 2019/20 financial year.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

Sabinet Cape Town Office