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National Road Traffic Amendment Bill Tabled

June 1, 2020

Parliament

The National Road Traffic Amendment Bill has been tabled in parliament.

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.

Meanwhile, the Transport Appeal Tribunal Amendment Bill has also been tabled in parliament.

The bill aims to amend the Transport Appeal Tribunal Act, 1998, so as to:


• insert, delete and amend certain definitions;
• bring the Act in line with the developments since the implementation of the Act;
• provide for certain powers of the Transport Appeal Tribunal;
• allow the Minister to extend the term of office of the members of the Tribunal;
• empower the Transport Appeal Tribunal to take appropriate steps in cases where its rulings are not implemented or effected timeously and empower it to investigate delays in the completion of its proceedings; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

According to the draft bill’s explanatory memorandum published for comment in 2017, the Transport Appeal Tribunal has encountered problems and issues which require amendments to the principal act.

The act also needs to be updated to reflect developments since 1998.

The portfolio committee on transport will process the bills.