Govt to make adjustments to Road Accident Fund model

By Steve Bhengu

Hefty payouts have forced a rethink of how the Road Accident Fund works.

Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula says claims paid by the state insurer to people involved in road collisions – amount to billions every year for the government.

Speaking at the launch of Transport Month in Hammarsdale on Thursday, he said his Ministry’s looking at making changes to the current alcohol limit and the Fund’s operational model.

“Only in South Africa is where you can get even foreigners that come into our country – get involved in an accident – and claim. But you came here uninsured.

“If I go to Britain and get involved in an accident, my insurance that insured me to go there will pay for me, not the government and when you take them on they fight because the law is on their side, but we are changing that.”