South Africa: Govt eyes compulsory car insurance

28 June 2010

Compulsory basic damage insurance on vehicles is being considered by the government, but appears to be a long way from becoming a reality.

“It’s going to take a while… we’re still in the very early brainstorming stage on this,” transport ministry spokesperson Logan Maistry told Sapa on Friday.

He was responding to questions after Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele’s announcement on Thursday, in a written reply to a parliamentary question, that the government was “considering making third party insurance a requirement in South Africa”.

Maistry confirmed that the insurance being considered was for damage to vehicles, and should not to be confused with the injury and death cover that drivers, passengers and other accident victims currently have in terms of the Road Accident Fund, paid for by a levy on [continue reading]

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