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Parliament Seeks Comment on Railway Safety Bill

September 8, 2021


Parliament seeks comment on the Railway Safety Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament in March 2021.

Its explanatory summary was published in Government Gazette 43079 in March 2020.

The bill was published for comment in March 2018.

The proposed legislation is aligned to the Draft White Paper on National Rail Policy and government’s plan to move passengers and freight from road to rail.

According to the department, once enacted, the bill will facilitate an improvement in general safety within the railway environment.

This will ensure that rail becomes an attractive mode of transport and contributes towards economic growth.

The bill seeks to:

• provide for the regulation of railway safety in the Republic;
• provide for the continued existence of the Railway Safety Regulator;
• provide for the board and governance structures of the Regulator;
• provide for railway safety permits;
• provide for railway safety critical grades and safety management systems;
• provide for a national railway safety information and monitoring system;
• provide for a legal framework to enforce compliance with the Act and to deal with railway occurrences;
• provide for an appeal mechanism;
• provide for transitional arrangements and the repeal of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act, 2002; and
• provide for matters connected therewith.

The portfolio committee on transport seeks comment on the bill until 15 October 2021.