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EDITORIAL | The govt is eager to tackle booze, but not sex ...


EDITORIAL | The govt is eager to tackle booze, but not sex monsters

The seven years it wasted on the RAF bill could have been focused on dealing with child killers and rapists


Seven years ago, on February 8 2013, the department of transport invited the public to comment on the proposed Road Accident Benefit Scheme (RABS) bill. This piece of legislation would set the scene for a new benefit scheme for road accident victims and its administrator would have replaced the dysfunctional Road Accident Fund. 

The drafting of the RABS bill was a time-consuming process. A revised version was published in 2014, again for public comment. It dragged on until 2019, when the decision on whether it would replace the RAF was pushed back to this year. 

Last week, the portfolio committee on transport in parliament rejected the bill. The decision to scrap it is not a bad one. It had been widely criticised for proposing a no-fault compensation for road accident victims, which meant that a drink driver who caused a crash would also have been compensated. Additionally, a huge fuel levy hike would have been required to finance the scheme...

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