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Road Accident Fund Increases Claims Limit

February 4, 2020

Road Accident Fund

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 R289 957 per annum with effect from 31 January 2020.

The announcement was published in Government Gazette 42980.

According to the notice, the purpose of the adjustment is to “counter the effects of CPI inflation”.

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

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

Meanwhile, in Gazette 42984, the transport department published the Draft Merchant Shipping (Construction and Equipment of Fishing Vessels of Less than 24 metres in Length but more than 25 GT) Regulations for comment.

The proposed regulations were drawn up in terms of the Merchant Shipping Act.

They provide for the safety of registered fishing vessels or fishing vessels required to be registered or licensed in terms of the act and give effect to the Cape Town Agreement.

The 2012 Agreement was adopted by the International Maritime Organization and sets out fishing vessel standards and includes other regulations designed to protect the safety of crews and observers and provide a level playing field for the fishing industry.

The draft regulations focus on surveys; construction, watertight integrity and equipment; stability and associated seaworthiness; machinery and electrical installations; fire protection, fire detection, fire extinction and firefighting; protection of the crew; crew environment; shipborne navigational equipment and arrangements; life-saving appliances and arrangements and emergency procedures, musters and drills.

Fishing vessels with new features and those for which the “application is unreasonable and impracticable in view of the distance of the vessel’s operating area from its base port, the type of vessel, the weather conditions and the absence of general navigational hazards” can be exempted from the regulations.

Vessels that comply with the regulations will be issued with a Local General Safety Certificate or, in the case of exempted vessels, a Safety Exemption Certificate.

The surveys shall include a complete survey of the vessel’s structure, stability, machinery, arrangements and material, including the inside and outside of the vessel’s hull, boilers, and associated equipment.

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

In a separate matter, the department, in Notice 35, announced that the International Air Services Council is to consider an application by Comair Limited; Kulula.com & British Airways to add seven return flight per week to Harare.

Representation on the proposed amendment to the international air service licence is invited within 28 days of the date of publication.