The controversial proposed changes to the Road Accident Fund and the current parliamentary portfolio debate have prompted some response from government.

The controversial proposed changes to the Road Accident Fund and the current parliamentary portfolio debate have prompted some response from government.

The Road Accident Fund Amendment Bill was discussed in the Parliamentary Committee on Transport from October to November 2003. The proposed amendments to the Bill were an attempt to safeguard the Road Accident Fund’s failing resources and to increase the fund’s savings by cutting back on claims expenditure. It was also hoped that it would find ways to streamline the RAF’s operation.

The discussions regarding the amendment sparked huge debate, even prompting that certain parts of the amendment bill be scrapped.

The Director-General of Transport, Wrenelle Stander, announced on Monday that the Department would revisit those amendments that raised little or no contention and introduce these clauses in the Road Accident Fund Third Amendment Bill.

The Inter-Departmental Committee would facilitate a consultative process to inquire into and make recommendations regarding a sustainable benefit system for road accident victims. It will also be aimed at developing an understanding of the future benefit scheme.

The Minister of Transport, Dullah Omar, indicated that the deliberations in the Portfolio Committee were useful and that it should proceed with those aspects of the Bill that were not contentious.

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