The Railway Safety Regulator (RSR) has taken a decision not to issue a permit to the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) until its satisfied that the entity’s planned interventions addresses the current safety concerns.
PRASA’s permit, which was previously issued with special conditions, expired at midnight on Tuesday.
PRASA is currently operating trains without a valid safety permit.
“The RSR is of the opinion that PRASA cannot demonstrate to the regulator that it has the ability, commitment and resources to properly assess and effectively control the risks to assets and safety of its customers, staff, contractors, visitors and others who may be affected by its railway operations,” the RSR said in a statement on Wednesday.
The RSR said it is committed to its mandate and will continue to ensure that safety remains central to railway operations at all times. – SAnews.gov.za