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Regulations on Notifiable Railway Occurrences Drawn Up

June 7, 2022

Department of Transport

Regulations on the category and type of all notifiable railway occurrences have been drawn up.

The transport department published the Regulations in Government Gazette 46471 in terms of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act.

The railway occurrences are to be reported to the Railway Safety Regulator.

According to the act, a railway occurrence means a railway accident or railway incident that can include criminal activity.

The Regulations focus on mandatory notifiable railway occurrences; railway occurrence reporting; and additional railway occurrence information to be submitted.

In Notice 1067, the department published Railway Safety and Security Regulations in terms of the act.

The Regulations focus on railway security requirements and regulations regarding safety of persons.

Meanwhile, in a speech, the transport minister, Fikile Mbalula, declared that the approval of the White Paper on National Rail Policy by cabinet in March 2022 marked the beginning of a new chapter for South Africa’s railway industry. Railway Safety and Security Regulations ,

The minister added that the White Paper creates “policy certainty that introduces radical structural reforms, which enable broader participation and open new avenues for investment and competitiveness”.

“A key element of this is the opening up of space for private sector investment and effective economic regulation that ensures fair and regulated access to both primary and secondary networks”, he said.

The minister confirmed that interventions until 2024 will focus on the drafting of the Draft National Rail Bill, the National Rail Master Plan, recovery of rail corridors, branchline concessions, third party access and development of the devolution strategy.

A working group consisting of government, the rail industry and state-owned companies is to be set up to “co-ordinate the   critical  path   of   implementation   and   periodically assess progress in implementation”.