Draft Roads Policy for South Africa Drawn Up

Department of Transport

The Draft Roads Policy for South Africa has been published in Government Gazette 41488 for comment.

The transport department has given stakeholders 30 days to submit comments on the proposed policy.

The draft policy sets out government’s strategic position on all matters relating to road regulation, roads infrastructure, road safety road funding and non-motorised transport.

Some of the issues covered in the proposed policy include sustainability, framework for a roads policy, roads infrastructure, road safety, non-motorised transport and funding.

Meanwhile, in Notice 123, the department has called for comments on the Draft Railway Safety Bill.

The proposed legislation is aligned to the Draft White Paper on National Rail Policy and government’s plan to move passengers and freight from road to rail.

According to the department, once enacted, the draft bill will facilitate an improvement in general safety within the railway environment.

This will ensure that rail becomes an attractive mode of transport and contributes towards economic growth.

The draft bill seeks to:

•    provide for the regulation of railway safety in the Republic;
•    provide for the continued existence of the Railway Safety Regulator;
•    provide for the board and governance structures of the Regulator;
•    provide for railway safety permits;
•    provide for railway safety critical grades and safety management systems;
•    provide for a national railway safety information and monitoring system;
•    provide for a legal framework to enforce compliance with the Act and to deal with railway occurrences;
•    provide for an appeal mechanism;
•    provide for transitional arrangements and the repeal of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act, 2002; and
•    provide for matters connected therewith.

Comment is invited until 15 April 2018.

Sabinet Cape Town Office