Legal Articles and Guides
It’s official: owners of imported vehicles sporting Lesotho, Botswana and eSwatini number plates can drive freely and unhindered on SA roads. This after the SCA threw out an appeal by SARS against an earlier judgment in the Free State High Court, brought by a Ficksburg resident whose vehicle was impounded by customs officials in 2019.
The Pretoria taxi industry and the Organisation Undoing Tax Abuse (Outa) have rejected the Administrative Adjudication of Road Traffic Offences (Aarto) Act demerit system expected to kick in on 1 July.
A group of frustrated claimants are taking on Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula and the Road Accident Fund (RAF) over a new directive changing the rules under which victims file accident claims.
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) will no longer accept claims without a list of required documents such as accident reports, according to legal writer Zelda Venter in a Pretoria News report.
The maladministration, corruption and sheer recalcitrance on the part of the Road Accident Fund (RAF) to compensate the very victims it was established to assist is a bitter pill to swallow.
Ticking and hissing noises inside the car and a Bluetooth system which does not perform optimally when the vehicle travelled beyond 70km an hour are not defects enough to render the vehicle dysfunctional.
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is technically insolvent. Efforts have been made to replace the current system that has been branded as ‘unworkable, unsustainable and corrupt’ with a no-fault based scheme, where compensation would be disbursed monthly to the road accident victims.
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) has slipped into deep financial trouble, revealing the possibility of its ‘imminent implosion’ in an application to suspend all writs of execution granted against it, as well as settlements it has already reached with claimants – be it court orders or settlements – for a period of 180 days.
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) has been ordered to pay an accident victim, now a quadriplegic, R11.5m by Gauteng High Court (Pretoria) Acting Judge Anthony Millar, who described the circumstances in which Henri Lombard now found himself in as ‘an immensely tragic matter’.
A motorist who was assaulted when he took pictures of traffic officials accepting bribes next to the N1 will get R2.3m compensation.
A driver’s overtaking manoeuvre in June 2016 came under scrutiny in the Eastern Cape High Court (Mthatha), where his damages claim failed so dismally that it was found devoid of merit.
The Road Accident Fund (RAF) is weighing up its options after the Free State High Court (Bloemfontein) found against it in a matter involving disputes over a claim to a qualifying payee.
Motorists have been urged to carefully check any camera-based traffic fines that they receive. This follows allegations that some motorists have been incorrectly charged with infringements and criminal offences that they didn’t commit.
The SCA has turned down an appeal by the Transport Ministry against Brackenfell trailer companies who were constantly receiving fines for traffic violations racked up by customers renting from them.
Three judges will hear the case deemed the most important yet dealing with the non-payment of claims by the Road Accident Fund (RAF) as well as the plight of the cash-strapped entity.