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Road Accident Fund Adjusts Claims Limit

November 1, 2016

Department of Transport

The Road Accident Fund has 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 R251 990 with effect from 31 October 2016.

The announcement was published in Government Gazette 40375.

Meanwhile, the transport department has published the Fourteenth Amendment of the Civil Aviation Regulations in Gazette 40376.

New definitions are inserted into the regulations including definitions on accountable manager, aeronautical data, aeronautical information, competency check, complex aeroplane, data quality, general aviation operation, import test flight, metadata, operational control, operations specifications, revalidation check, safety manager, test flight and turbojet.

The amendments also include a new part 43 on general maintenance rules, part 93 on corporate aviation operations, part 108 on air cargo security high performance aircraft, part 109 on aviation security training, part 110 on aviation security screener certification and part 140 on safety management.

The amendments come into force 30 days after the date of publication.

In Gazette 40380, the department has called for comment on proposed amendments to various parts of the Civil Aviation Regulations.

Parts to be amended include part 1 on definitions and abbreviations, part 43 on general maintenance rules, part 127 on commercial helicopter operations, part 129 on foreign air operations, part 139 on aerodromes and heliports and part 187 on fees and charges.

Technical standards are also to be amended.

Written comments on the proposed amendments are invited until 28 November 2016.

In a separate matter, the department provided responses last week to the portfolio committee on transport on submissions on the National Land Transport Amendment Bill.

The bill was tabled in parliament in April 2016.

Cabinet approved the draft bill for tabling on 2 March 2016.

In a statement released at the time, cabinet described the proposed legislation as designed to further transform and restructure the National Land Transport System.

“This will contribute towards a safer, accessible, efficient and effective public transport service”.

Cabinet also emphasised that the draft bill will enable the roll out of the integrated public transport networks.

According to the explanatory summary published in March 2016, the proposed legislation also intends, inter alia, providing for non-motorised and accessible transport, bringing the act up to date with recent developments, providing for powers at the provincial level to conclude contracts for public transport services, expanding the powers of the transport minister to make regulations and introduce safety measures and prescribing criteria and requirements for municipalities to enter into contracts for public transport services.

The department called on parliament to expedite the processing of the bill before the cut-off date on 8 December 2016 so that the conversion of permits to operating licences can be extended by five years.

All permits that have not been converted to operating licences by 8 December 2016 will lapse.