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Directions to Combat COVID-19 in Railway Operations Amended

September 3, 2020

Department of Transport

Directions to combat COVID-19 in railway operations have been amended.

The transport department published the amended Directions in Government Gazette 43675 in terms of Disaster Management Act Regulations.

A new Direction 12 on long-distance rail services is inserted.

It stipulates that all long-distance rail services, both public and private operations, are permitted.

Direction 12 also gives the green light to the resumption of domestic services for Shosholoza Meyl, Premier Classe, Blue Train and private rail operators, such as Rovos Rail.

Direction 14 on operating times is deleted.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 43679, the department published amendments to Directions on public transport services.

An amendment to Direction 7 stipulates that private vehicles are permitted to carry their maximum licensed passenger capacity.

A new Direction 8(1) is inserted stipulating that tourist transport services are permitted and that all public transport operating licenses and accreditation certificates for tourist and charter transport services that expired during the lockdown up to 31 August 2020 are deemed to be valid and their validity period is extended for a further grace period of 6 months ending on 28 February 2021.

Both sets of amendments came into effect on the date of publication.