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Regulations on Merchant Shipping Published for Comment

May 18, 2021

Department of Transport

Comment is sought on Draft Amendments to Regulations Relating to Merchant Shipping (Collision and Distress Signals).

The transport department published the draft amendments in Government Gazette 44571 for comment.

The draft amendments were drawn up in terms of the Merchant Shipping Act.

A new note is proposed for the Annex.

A new part F on verification of compliance with the provisions of the convention is proposed.

It consists of rule 39 definitions, rule 40 application and rule 41 verification of compliance.

All contracting parties shall be subjected to periodic audits by the organization in accordance with the audit standard to verify compliance with and implementation of the present Convention.

Amendments are also proposed to Annex IV (Distress Signals) to the Annex.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

In Gazette 44572, the department published draft amendments to the Cross-Border Road Transport Regulations for comment.

The draft amendments were drawn up in terms of the Cross-Border Road Transport Act.

A definition on approved application meaning an ā€œapplication submitted on the digital platform for the issue of permits and the submission of consignment notes and passenger lists to the Regulatory Committeeā€ is proposed for Regulation 1.

A new Regulation 2 on applications for permits and Regulation 4 on hearings are proposed.

A new section 16A on requirements for the integrity, security and inter-operability of the electronic system is proposed.

Comment is invited within 30 days of the date of publication.

In Gazette 44571, the Road Accident Fund announced a consumer price index (CPI)-related adjustment to the statutory limit in respect of claims for loss of income and support as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

The amount referred to under section 17(4)(c) of the Road Accident Fund Act 56 of 1996 has been adjusted to R302 731 with effect from 30 April 2021.

According to the notice, the purpose of the adjustment is to ā€œcounter the effects of CPI inflationā€.

No claim for loss of income and support can exceed the latest limit.

Limits are adjusted on a quarterly basis in line with inflation.