Following a meeting between the senior management of the Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) and the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) on January 12, the RSR has taken a decision to lift the prohibition directive issued to Prasa with immediate effect and to invoke Section 45a of the National Railway Safety Regulator Act 16 of 2002 (as amended) in instances where Prasa has contravened the directive.
Prasa submitted a corrective action plan to the RSR that details how they intend to address issues pertaining to manual authorisations of trains during degraded train operations.
The RSR has considered the corrective action plan and is satisfied that Prasa has adequately demonstrated their commitment to address safety concerns raised by the regulator.
The RSR has instructed Prasa to implement the corrective action plan with immediate effect and to comply with strict special conditions imposed by the RSR.
The said conditions were developed with the aim of prioritising areas of concern and to ensure the safe movement of trains at all times.
The conditions relate to the improvement of the telecommunication system, strengthening of supervision, development of verbal communication protocols and improved monitoring.
Prasa will be expected to submit monthly progress reports.
On its part, the RSR will further strengthen its own monitoring efforts through targeted inspections to ensure full compliance with the said conditions.
To that extent, should Prasa default on any of the conditions, the prohibition directive will be reinstated.
The RSR expects unequivocal compliance with all special conditions and urges Prasa to commit to the improvement of safe railway operations.
The RSR is encouraged by the commitment that Prasa has shown over the past few days, especially the assurances given by the acting group CEO and acting Prasa Rail CEO that corrective action within Prasa is already underway.
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