Mbalula updates SA on level 2 transport regulations

CAPE TOWN- Transport Minister Fikile Mbalula briefed the nation on Tuesday to announce the new transport regulations under Covid-19 lockdown level 2. 

South Africa moved to alert level 2 over a week ago with major relaxation to regulations.

Here are the latest transport alert level 2 regulations:

  • Interprovincial transport is permitted subject to restrictions on public transport vehicles. 
  • Mini-buses, midi-buses, and buses are only permitted to carry a maximum of 70 percent of their licensed carrying capacity when undertaking long-distance travel, or travelling more than 200km. 
  • For the undertaking of short-distance public transport of 200km or less, buses, mini-buses, midi-buses, e-hailing services, metered taxis, shuttle service, chauffeur-driven vehicles and scholar transport vehicles are permitted to carry 100 percent of their maximum license capacity.
  • Rail operations are permitted to carry a maximum of 70 percent of their licensed passenger capacity.  Long-distance passenger rail is now permitted to resume operations subject to the passenger capacity restriction.
  • International travel remained prohibited under lockdown level 2.
  • In addition to the 14 airports already permitted to operate, 4 more airports have been given the green light to resume operations. These are Mthatha Airport, Hoedspruit Airport, Phalaborwa Airport, and Margate Airport. 
  • Cruise ships remain prohibited from calling at any of the South African ports except for the disembarkation of the returning of a South African crew, or South African citizens or holders of permanent residence permits.
  • Foreign crew changes are permitted only at the Cape Town Port and at the Port of Durban. 

In addition to the updated transport regulations, Mbalula also called for a change to country’s drinking laws following the deaths of three officers due to a head-on collision with a suspected drunk driver.

The 2020 Road Traffic Amendment Bill, which was introduced into Parliament in June, aims to reduce maximum blood alcohol concentration levels for drivers to zero. “We need to strengthen the law and ensure that innocent lives are saved,” he said. 

“Research conducted by the Road Traffic Management Corporation (RTMC) in collaboration with the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC) and the University of South Africa shows that driver alcohol intoxication accounts for 27.1 percent of fatal crashes in the country. This is estimated to cost the economy R18.2 billion annually,” said Mbalua. 

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