National Land Transport Amendment Bill Sent to NCOP

Department of Transport

The National Land Transport Amendment Bill has been passed by the national assembly and sent to the national council of provinces for concurrence.

The bill was tabled in parliament in April 2016.

It seeks to, inter alia, provide for non-motorised and accessible transport, bring the act up to date with recent developments, provide for powers at the provincial level to conclude contracts for public transport services, expand the powers of the transport minister to make regulations and introduce safety measures and prescribe criteria and requirements for municipalities to enter into contracts for public transport services.

During deliberations on the bill, the transport committee amended the bill to allow cities such as Cape Town that have already concluded contracts to do so without having to qualify first.

The proposed new section 11(10) was also amended to empower the transport minister to prescribe or direct the process of transition from the old order contracts to new contracts under subsection (8).

The bill will now be processed by the select committee on economic and business development.

Meanwhile, the transport department has published, in Government Gazette 41590, Draft National Road Traffic Regulations for comment.

Amendments are proposed to schedule 2 that contains various forms.

Comment is invited within four weeks of the date of publication.

In Gazette 41589, the department has published proposed amendments to the Civil Aviation Regulations for comment.

Amendments to technical standards are also on the cards.

Comment is invited until 28 May 2018.

During a briefing in parliament on its Annual Performance Plan 2018/19, the department indicated that a Draft Transport Appeal Tribunal Amendment Bill and a Draft Merchant Shipping Bill were in the pipeline.

In terms of civil aviation, a Draft Civil Aviation Amendment Bill and a Draft Air Services Bill were also on the cards.

The Roads Policy would also be placed before cabinet for approval.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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