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Comment Sought on National Road Traffic Amendment Bill

December 9, 2020


Parliament seeks comment on the National Road Traffic Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament at the end of May 2020.

The bill aims to achieve proper implementation of the strategic interventions highlighted in the Road Safety Strategy and address practical challenges.

Cabinet approved the bill for tabling in March 2020.

According to the cabinet statement, the proposed legislation proposes, amongst others, regulations for the driving-school industry and proposes appropriate standards under which learner drivers must be taught.

It also deals with fraud and corruption within the road traffic environment, increases penalties for those who fail to comply with traffic rules, prohibits alcohol consumption by drivers and proposes the national number plate legislation.

The bill also proposes the streamlining of the powers of the transport minister and those of the provincial members of the executive committee responsible for transport.

It seeks to further prohibit and reduce the limit of alcohol in a specimen of blood taken from any part of the body by deleting reference to any alcohol content in the blood or breath specimen of motor vehicle drivers on the road in South Africa.

The portfolio committee on transport first called for comment on the bill in October 2020.

Last month, committee members called for an extension of the comment period on the bill.

Comment is now invited until 20 January 2021.