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Regulations on Safe Railway Operations in Place

October 27, 2020

Department of Transport

Regulations Regarding Infrastructure or Activity Affecting Safe Railway Operations are in place.

The transport department published the Regulations in Government Gazette 43834 in terms of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act.

The Regulations are designed to provide for the “management of railway reserves in order to ensure safe railway operations and safety and security to people, property and the environment”.

The Regulations focus on, inter alia, identifying and securing railway reserve; minimum measures to prevent encroachment; maintenance of railway reserve; provision of bridges and subways; activities in proximity to railway reserve; reporting and appeals.

Railway reserves are expected to be clearly demarcated by network operators either through fencing, walling or any other means, depending on where it is situated.

Network operators or station operators are responsible to maintain the railway reserve in accordance with applicable maintenance standards and legislations.

The Regulations came into effect on the date of publication.

Meanwhile, in Gazette 43835, the department published Draft Civil Aviation Regulations for comment.

The proposed regulations were drawn up in terms of the Civil Aviation Act.

Amendments are proposed to Part 187 (Fees relating to Regulation Part 96).
Comment is invited until 23 November 2020.