Cross-Border Road Transport Amendment Act

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Cross-Border Road Transport Act [no 12 of 2008]


Government Gazette
REPUBLIC OF SOUTH AFRICA

Vol. 518 Cape Town 27 August 2008 No. 31366
THE PRESIDENCY No. 923 27 August 2008
It is hereby notified that the President has assented to the following Act, which is hereby published for general information:–
No. 12 of 2008: Cross-Border Road Transport Amendment Act, 2008

ACT To amend the Cross-Border Road Transport Act, 1998, so as to insert a Table of Contents; to amend and insert certain definitions; to further regulate the granting of permits; to provide for transformation in the cross-border road transport industry; to provide for special emergency measures; to update references to traffic legislation; and to create certain offences; to amend the National Land Transport Transition Act, 2000, so as to omit provisions that passengers may only be set down at or near an international border by a person holding a permit required by the Cross-Border Road Transport Act, 1998; and to provide for matters connected therewith.
BE IT ENACTED by the Parliament of the Republic of South Africa, as follows:— Insertion of Table of Contents in Act 4 of 1998
1. The following Table of Contents is hereby inserted in the Cross-Border Road Transport Act, 1998 (hereinafter referred to as the principal Act), before Part 1:
TABLE OF CONTENTS
PART 1
Definitions
1. Definitions
PART 2
Road transport agreements with other states
2. Authorisation to conclude road transport agreements 3. Equal treatment


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PART 3
Cross-Border Road Transport Agency
4. Establishment of Agency 5. Representation by Board 6. Disqualifications 7. Period of office of Chairperson, Deputy Chairperson and other members 8. Chairperson and Deputy Chairperson 9. Alternate members 10. Notice of appointment 11. Vacation of, and removal from, office 12. Conditions of service of members or alternative members of Board 13. Regulatory Committee 14. Staff of Agency 15. Appointment of experts 16. Meetings and decisions 15 17. Procedures 18. Financing of Agency 19. Bookkeeping and auditing 20. Banking account 21. Financial year 20 22. Reporting 22A. Performance agreement
PART 4
Scope and functions of Board
23. Functions of Board 25
PART 5
Advisory functions of Board
24. Advisory functions
PART 6
Regulatory functions of Board 30
25. Permit application 26. Temporary permits 27. Freight transport 28. Passenger transport 29. Temporary replacement of vehicle 35 30. Withdrawal, suspension or variation of permit 31. Cabotage 32. Delegation of powers 33. Publication
34. Appeals 40
PART 7
Facilitatory functions of Board 35. Facilitatory functions 36. Consultation


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PART 8
Law enforcement
37. Road Transport Inspectorate 38. Powers of national road transport inspector 39. Functions of road transport inspectors 40. Offences and penalties 41. Forfeiture 42. Evidential matters 43. Jurisdiction 44. Limitation of liability 45. Points demerit system 46. Co-operation between Board and cross-border road transport industry 46A. Special emergency measures
PART 9
Duties of permit-holder 15
47. General duties 48. Discontinuation of cross-border passenger road transport
49. Return of consignment notes and passenger lists
PART 10
Procedural matters
50. Minute-keeping by Board and Regulatory Committee 51. Regulations 52. Transitional provisions 53. Partial repeal of Act 74 of 1977, and savings 54. Short title and commencement 25
SCHEDULE 1.".
Amendment of section 1 of Act 4 of 1998
2. Section I of the principal Act is hereby amended— (a) by the substitution for paragraph (a) of the definition of "cabotage" of the
following paragraph: 30 "(a) the onloading [or] and offloading of freight or passengers between
two points in the Republic; or"; (b) by the substitution for the definition of "cross-border road transport" of the
following definition: " 'cross-border road transport' means the transport of passengers and 35 their personal effects or freight for reward or [the transport of freight] in the course of an industry, trade or business, to or from the Republic, crossing or intending to cross its borders into the territory of another state or in transit across the Republic or the territory of another state with a vehicle on a public road;'*; 40
(c) by the substitution for the definition of "foreign carrier" of the following definition:
" 'foreign carrier' means a carrier who undertakes cross-border road transport or cabotage with a vehicle which is registered in a state other than the Republic;'*; 45
(d) by the substitution for paragraphs (a) and (b) of the definition of "permit" of the following paragraphs, respectively:
"(a) a cabotage permit issued in respect of a vehicle for a maximum period of [three months, six months or one year] five years or for a fixed number of journeys; 50
(b) a cross-border road transport permit issued in respect of a vehicle for a maximum period of [three months, six months or one year]


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five years or for a fixed number of journeys authorising the transport of freight or passengers on specified routes; or'";
(e) by the substitution for the definition of "reward" of the following definition: "'reward' means any reward or compensation whether monetary or otherwise received in terms of a contract concluded for the hiring of a 5 vehicle and a driver or the hiring of a vehicle and the separate hiring of a driver;";
(f) by the substitution for the definition of "unauthorised transport" of the following definition:
'"unauthorised transport' means transport with a vehicle on a public 10 road [without an applicable permit or in conflict with the permit conditions] in contravention of this Act; and";
(g) by the substitution for the definition of "vehicle" of the following definition: " 'vehicle' means— (a) in relation to cross-border freight road transport, any mechanically- 15
propelled road vehicle[— (i)] or combination of vehicles which is constructed, adapted or
used for the carriage of freight[, excluding a semi-trailer and trailer in the case of an articulated vehicle; and
(ii) which either by itself or as part of an articulated vehicle] 20 and which exceeds a maximum gross mass of 3 500 kg:
(b) in relation to cross-border passenger road transport, any mechani­ cally-propelled road vehicle which is constructed or adapted for the conveyance of passengers or any other vehicle which is used to convey passengers: and 25
(c) in relation to cabotage, any mechanically-propelled road vehicle and, in the case of [an articulated vehicle] a combination of vehicles, also a trailer and semi-trailer, which are regarded as separate vehicles;".
Amendment of section 23 of Act 4 of 1998 30
3. Section 23 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for paragraph (b) of the following paragraph:
"(b) regulate access to the market by the road transport freight and passenger industry in respect of cross-border road transport and cabotage by issuing permits;". 35
Amendment of section 25 of Act 4 of 1998
4. Section 25 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (I) of the following subsection:
"(I) No person may undertake cross-border road transport or, subject to section 31, cabotage, unless he or she is the holder of a permit.". 40
Amendment of section 27 of Act 4 of 1998
5. Section 27 of the principal Act is hereby amended— (a) by the substitution in subsection (1) for the words preceding paragraph (a) of
the following words:


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"The Regulatory Committee must take the following into consideration in making a decision in relation to any application for the granting, renewal[, transfer] or amendment of permits for cross-border freight road transport based on the information presented to it by the Chief Executive Officer:'*;
(b) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (a) of the following paragraph:
"(a) whether the applicant [complies] and the vehicle comply with the relevant provisions of the National Road Traffic Act. [1989 (Act No. 29 of 1989)] 1996 (Act No. 93 of 1996);":
(c) by the deletion in subsection (1) of the word "and" at the end of paragraph (e) and the insertion of the following paragraphs after paragraph (e):
"(eA) whether a South African carrier has submitted a valid tax clearance certificate from the South African Revenue Services indicating (hat the applicant's tax affairs are in order;
(eB) any conditions, factors or criteria specified in a relevant agreement contemplated in section 2 or specified or determined by a joint committee or similar body in terms of such an
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(d) by the insertion of the following subsection after subsection (I): 20 "(1 A) Where the applicant is a South African carrier the Board must
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take into account— (a) the promotion of small business; (b) the empowerment of persons historically disadvantaged by unfair
discrimination; and (c) any relevant code of good practice or transformation charter
published in terms of the Broad-Based Black Economic Empower- ment Act. 2003 (Act No. 53 of 2003)."; and
(e) by the addition of the following subsection: "(3) In the case of a combination of vehicles, a single permit must he 30
issued for the truck-tractor and its trailers and semi-trailers, but not in the case of cabotage, where separate permits must he issued in accordance with section 31(3).".
Amendment of section 28 of Act 4 of 1998
6. Section 28 of the principal Act is hereby amended— 35 (a) by the substitution in subsection (1) for the words preceding paragraph (a) of
the following words: "The Regulatory Committee must lake the following into consideration in making its decision in relation to any application for the granting. rencwal[, transfer] or amendment of permits for cross-border passenger 40 road transport based on the information presented to it by the Chief Executive Officer:";
(b) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (a) of the following paragraph:
"(a) the considerations referred to in section 27( l)(a). (b), (d). [and] (e), 45 (eh) and (eB) and (1A);"; and
(c) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (e) of the following paragraph:
"(e) the ability of the applicant to provide the particular service safely and effectively;". 50
Amendment of section 30 of Act 4 of 1998
7. Section 30 of the principal Act is hereby amended— (a) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
"(1) The Regulatory Committee may. subject to the provisions of subsections (2) and (3) where— 55


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(a) a permit holder or a person in his or her employ has been convicted of a road transport or road traffic offence in the Republic or in a state with which an agreement as contemplated in section 2(1), has been concluded;
(b) in the opinion of the Regulatory Committee, a permit holder has not 5 complied with the conditions of the permit; or
(c) a permit holder has ceased to operate the services or a part of such services authorised by the permit,
of its own accord or upon a request from the state with which such an agreement has been concluded, take one or more of the following steps: 10 [(a)](j) withdraw or suspend for such period as it may deem fit, any
permit granted by it[; (b) revoke the permit] subject to such conditions as may be
imposed; [fc)](nj declare such permit-holder either permanently or for a specified 15
period of time unfit to apply for a permit; [(#)](iii) amend the conditions and requirements applicable to the permit
held by the permit-holder, or determine such new conditions and requirements as the Regulatory Committee may deem fit."; and
(b) by the addition of the following subsection: 20 "(7) Where the Regulatory Committee decides to follow any of the
steps in subsection (1), the Regulatory Committee must notify the permit holder of the right to appeal in terms of section 34 and of the right to request reasons.".
Amendment of section 31 of Act 4 of 1998 25
8. Section 31 of the principal Act is hereby amended— (a) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
"(1) Cabotage is prohibited, except as specifically allowed in subsection (2).";
(b) by the substitution in subsection (2) for paragraph (b) of the following 30 paragraph:
"(b) it is satisfied that— (i) there is no South African carrier who can provide a similar
service: (ii) the granting of the permit will not be in conflict with transport 35
plans prepared in terms of Part 7 of the National Land Transport Transition Act. 2000 (Act No. 22 of 2000); and
(iii) [where] lifting the prohibition is in the best interest of the Republic"; and
(c) by the substitution for subsection (3) of the following subsection: 40 "(3) Where cabotage is permitted, any truck-tractor and trailer and
semi-trailer used in combination for the purposes of such transport, [must] may be registered in [the same country] different countries, but a separate permit is required for each such truck-tractor, trailer and semi-trailer.". 45
Amendment of section 32 of Act 4 of 1998
9. Section 32 of the principal Act is hereby amended— (a) by the substitution in paragraph (a) for the words preceding subparagraph (i)
of the following words: "consider applications, in accordance with the prescribed procedure, for 50 the granting, renewal[, transfer] or amendment of—";
(b) by the deletion in paragraph (a) of the word "and" at the end of subparagraph (ii); and
(c) by the addition to paragraph (a) of the following subparagraphs:


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"(iii) cabotage permits for a maximum of 14 days to foreign carriers who have not transgressed a prescribed points demerit threshold;
(iv) permits for a maximum of three months where the application relates to the transporting of passengers who are employees, workers, contractors or agents of the applicant being transported in the course of the applicant's industry, trade or business; and".
Amendment of section 33 of Act 4 of 1998
10. Section 33 of the principal Act is hereby amended— (a) by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
"(1) The Regulatory Committee must, before considering any 10 application for the granting[, renewal, transfer] or amendment of a permit [issued for either three months, six months or one year] authorising cabotage or for the granting!, renewal, transfer] or amendment of a [three month, six month, or one year] permit for cross-border passenger road transport, except where the application 15 relates to passengers who are employees, workers, contractors or agents of the applicant being transported in the course of the applicant's industry, trade or business, publish in the Gazette the particulars of any application as may be prescribed and invite any person to make representations in the manner and within the time prescribed, in respect 20 of such application, except where the agreement provides otherwise and subject to [the provisions of subsection] subsections OA) and (2)."; and
(b) by the insertion of the following subsection after subsection (1): "(1 A) The Regulatory Committee may publish in the same manner an 25
application for renewal of a permit contemplated in subsection (1). and must do so if the conditions or requirements of the permit are to be amended in the process,".
Amendment of section 34 of Act 4 of 1998, as substituted by section 1 of Act 70 of 1998 30
11. Section 34 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution in subsection (1) for the words preceding paragraph (a) of the following words:
"Where the Regulatory Committee has published or otherwise made known its decision in respect of any application for the granting, renewal[,] or amendment [or transfer] of a cross-border road transport permit or a cabotage permit for freight or 35 passengers—".
Amendment of section 35 of Act 4 of 1998
12. Section 35 of the principal Act is hereby amended— (a) by the deletion in subsection (1) of the word "and" at the end of paragraph (i); (b) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (j) of the following 40
paragraph: "(j) [any other designated stakeholder] provincial and local authori­
ties; and";and (c) by the addition to subsection (1) of the following paragraph:
"(k) any other designated stakeholder.". 45
Amendment of section 37 of Act 4 of 1998
13. Section 37 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection:
"(1) fa) The [Board] Chief Executive Officer must appoint the national Road Transport Inspectorate, consisting of the national road transport inspectors. 50


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(b) Section 14(3) applies to national road transport inspectors appointed in terms of paragraph (a).".
Amendment of section 38 of Act 4 of 1998
14. Section 38 of the principal Act is hereby amended— (a) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (e) of the following 5
paragraph: "(e) confiscate a permit which authorises cross-border road transport or
cabotage if the vehicle is so defective as to be a possible danger to persons or property and must hand over the permit to the Chief Executive Officer:*': and 10
(b) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (h) of the following paragraph:
"(h) impound a vehicle which is reasonably suspected of being or having been used for [cross-border road transportation contrary to the Act or an agreement] unauthorised transport:". 15
Amendment of section 40 of Act 4 of 1998
15. Section 40 of the principal Act is hereby amended— (a) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (y) of the following
paragraph: "(y) is the registered owner of a vehicle and allows cross-border road 20
transport or cabotage without a permit;": (b) by the substitution in subsection (1) for paragraph (zA) of the following
paragraph: "(zA) [contravenes or fails to comply with any provision of this Act,
if such contravention or failure is not elsewhere declared an 25 offence,] cedes, alienates, hires out or hires the authority conferred by a permit in contravention of section 47(7);*'; and
(c) by the addition of the following paragraph in subsection (1) after paragraph (zA):
"(zB) contravenes or fails to comply with any provision of this Act if 30 such contravention or failure is not elsewhere declared an offence,".
Amendment of section 41 of Act 4 of 1998
16. Section 41 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for the expression "unauthorised road transport", wherever it occurs, in subsection (1) of the 35 expression "unauthorised transport".
Amendment of section 44 of Act 4 of 1998
17. Section 44 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (I) of the following subsection:
"(1) Any person in the employ of the Board[, as contemplated in section 14], 40 is not personally liable for any damage caused by reason of any act done or omitted to be done in good faith by that person.".
Amendment of section 45 of Act 4 of 1998
18. Section 45 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for subsection (1) of the following subsection: 45
"(1) The Minister, in consultation with the Board may, subject to [the provisions of] subsection (2), devise a points demerit system, based on contraventions of this Act [as well as contraventions contemplated in] and of the National Road Traffic Act, [1989] 19% (Act No. 93 of 1996), and may devise such penaltiesf,] as may be prescribed.". 50


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Insertion of section 46A in Act 4 of 1998
19. The following section is hereby inserted in the principal Act after section 46:
'Special emergency measures
46A. (1) The Minister may, after consulting the Regulatory Committee, the Member of the Executive Council of the relevant province responsible for public transport and the South African Police Services, by notice in the Gazette, declare an area in which the special measures provided for in this section will apply, where he or she is of the opinion that this is necessary to normalize the situation in the area characterised by violence, unrest or instability. 10
(2) The Minister may make regulations providing that the operation of any specified permit is, or all permits are, temporarily suspended in so far as they authorise cross-border road transport or cabotage in such an area or part thereof, or on a specified route or routes in that area, for a period not exceeding 21 days. 15
(3) Regulations under subsection (2) may provide that the contravention thereof constitute an offence and may prescribe penalties in respect thereof.
(4) Before making regulations under subsection (2), the Minister must cause a notice to be published in the Gazette or in a newspaper circulating in the declared area, stating— 20 (a) a brief description of the nature and purpose of the intended action; (b) the period for which the proposed regulations will be in force; (c) that interested or affected persons may request reasons for the
proposed regulations; (d) that any interested or affected persons may make representations; 25 (e) the time within which representations may be made, which may not be
less than 24 hours; (f) the address to which representations must be submitted; and (g) the manner in which representations may be made.
(5) The Minister must consider any representations received under 30 subsection (4) before making regulations under subsection (2).".
Amendment of section 47 of Act 4 of 1998
20. Section 47 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the addition of the following subsections:
"(6) All holders of permits which are valid for more than one year, must submit 35 to the Regulatory Committee annually, together with the registration certificate mentioned in subsection (2)— (a) a valid roadworthy certificate for the vehicle; f b) where it is a condition of the permit that the holder must purchase insurance,
proof that such insurance is still in force in respect of the vehicle and that all premiums have been paid;
(c) proof that other conditions of the permit are being met, if required by the Regulatory Committee; and
(d) any other prescribed requirement, failing which the permit shall lapse on the date of lapsing of such registration certificate and the holder must return it to the Chief Executive Officer within 10 days of such lapsing by delivering it by hand or by registered post.
(7) The authority conferred by a permit may not— (a) be ceded or otherwise alienated by the holder of the permit, and no person may
be a party to such a cession or alienation; or (b) be hired out by the holder of the permit or be hired by any other person, and
any such cession, alienation or hiring of a permit shall be of no legal force or effect.".
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Amendment of section 49 of Act 4 of 1998
21. Section 49 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the substitution for the expression "21 days", wherever it occurs, of the expression "30 days".
Amendment of section 52 of Act 4 of 1998
22. Section 52 of the principal Act is hereby amended by the insertion of the following 5 subsection after subsection (2):
"(2A) All permits and operating licences issued by the National Transport Commission, local road transportation boards and operating licensing boards in terms of the Road Transportation Act, 1977 (Act No. 74 of 1977), the National Land Transport Transition Act, 2000 (Act No. 22 of 2000). or provincial legislation contemplated in the definition of 'replacing provincial law' in section 1 of the lastmentioned Act, which authorise or purport to authorise cross-border road transport and with a validity period exceeding 12 months, lapse within six months after the entry into force of section 25 of the Cross-Border Road Transport Amendment Act, 2008: Provided that the holder of such a permit or operating licence may apply to the Regulatory Committee for the granting of a permit in terms of this Act.".
Amendment of section 46 of Act 22 of 2000
23. Section 46 of the National Land Transport Transition Act, 2000, is hereby amended by the deletion of subsection (2). 20
Amendment of section 127 of Act 22 of 2000
24. Section 127 of the National Land Transport Transition Act, 2000, is hereby amended by the deletion in subsection (1) of paragraph (p).
Short title
25. This Act is called the Cross-Border Road Transport Amendment Act, 2008. 25