Parliament Calls for Comment on National Land Transport Bill


Parliament seeks comment on the National Land Transport Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament in April 2016.

Cabinet approved the draft bill for tabling on 2 March 2016.

In a statement released at the time, cabinet described the proposed legislation as designed to further transform and restructure the National Land Transport System.

“This will contribute towards a safer, accessible, efficient and effective public transport service”.

Cabinet also emphasised that the draft bill will enable the roll out of the integrated public transport networks.

According to the explanatory summary published in March 2016, the proposed legislation also intends, inter alia, providing for non -motorised and accessible transport, bringing the act up to date with recent developments, providing for powers at the provincial level to conclude contracts for public transport services, expanding the powers of the transport minister to make regulations and introduce safety measures and prescribing criteria and requirements for municipalities to enter into contracts for public transport services.

The portfolio committee on transport calls for comment on new amendments that flow from hearings on the bill.

Comment is invited until 17 November 2017.

The committee has also called for comment on the Road Accident Benefit Scheme Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament in June 2017.

It aims to provide a social security scheme for the victims of road accidents.

A Road Accident Benefit Scheme Administrator will be set up to implement and run the scheme.

The proposed legislation also aims to provide a set of defined benefits on a no-fault basis for injury or death arising from car accidents.

Some of the challenges the bill intends addressing include the introduction of a no-fault approach to compensation in response to problems identified with the current fault-based approach.

The adoption of a no-fault basis will also help to expand and improve access to benefits.

The transport department wants the bill to improve and simplify claims procedures.

The duties and powers of the envisaged Road Accident Benefit Scheme Administrator are laid down.

The bill will remove the possibility of civil action for damages in respect of injury or death arising from road accidents to be instituted against the owner or driver of a vehicle as well as the employer of the driver.

However, civil claims would still be able to be pursued for any accidents occurring prior to the enactment of the Road Accident Benefit Scheme Act.

The proposed legislation lists the benefits that will fall under its scope:

•    Health care services
•    Income support
•    Family support
•    Funeral

Conditions under which benefits can be ended are outlined.

The procedure for claiming benefits is set down as well as the obligations of the claimant and beneficiary.

The administrator will have six months in which to accept or reject a claim. If it is accepted, payment must be made to the claimant within 30 days of his or her notification of the acceptance.

The committee seeks comment on the bill until 30 November 2017.

Sabinet Cape Town Office

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