Following the proposed redrafting of the struggling Road Accident Fund, more hiccups were experienced when the scheduled parliamentary hearings were cancelled at the last minute on Monday.

Following the proposed redrafting of the struggling Road Accident Fund, more hiccups were experienced when the scheduled parliamentary hearings were cancelled at the last minute on Monday.

The portfolio committee threw the bill out last year for redrafting. Now chairman Jeremy Cronin has said that the transport department indicated it was not yet ready to discuss the bill, according to a report.

The portfolio committee on transport had scheduled three days to discuss the Road Accident Amendment Bill, but all the meetings have been postponed until next week. Indications are that the bill may be cancelled in its current form or be postponed until after the elections.

One of the contentious issues has been the suggestion that the current lump sum repayments be replaced by payment in instalments to relieve pressure on the fund’s dangerously low cash reserves.

The department offered to reinstate the initial lump sum payment, but reduced the amount from R25 000 to R15 000, saying the balance would be paid in instalments over seven years.

Representatives of the victims have claimed this would severely hamper, for example, their ability to get the special equipment needed in their homes if they lost the use of their limbs in an accident.

The bill was supposed to have been debated and voted on by the national assembly on 12 November 2003. With this further delay, the transport department will now have to report back on the bill in the same week as the report back on the taxi recapitalisation programme and the recent Arrive Alive campaign over the holiday period.

Original article from Car