Train passenger safety policy ‘near completion’

This Safety and Security Regulation will outline the minimum requirements operators should have in place to ensure the safety of passengers and railway assets.

FILE: Metrorail commuters were crammed onto a train travelling to Cape Town on 7 April 2016. Picture: Monique Mortlock/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - The Railway Safety Regulator says a new policy to ensure the safety of passengers is near completion.

This Safety and Security Regulation will outline the minimum requirements operators should have in place to ensure the safety of passengers and railway assets.

It was developed after a court found Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) negligent in a case where a commuter was thrown out of a moving train in Pretoria in 2015.

The Railway Safety Regulator has noted another judgment in the Western Cape High Court which found Prasa negligent and liable for damages to Masibulele Rautini.

It’s similar to the Pretoria matter where a court found Prasa negligent after a commuter was thrown from a moving train.

Rautini was also thrown from a moving train in Stellenbosch in 2011.
He suffered serious injuries which led to him losing his job.

Prasa says it’s still studying the judgment to determine whether there are grounds for appeal.

The Railway Safety Regulator says the Safety and Security Regulation is being reviewed by the transport minister before it gets published.

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