Road Accident Fund (RAF) versus the Road Accident Benefit Scheme (RABS)

Road Accident Fund Act (RAF)

The Road Accident Fund Act (RAF) No 56 of 1996 still governs accidents that occurred between 1 May 1997 and 31 July 2008 and Amendment Act 19 of 2005 governs accidents that occurred on or after 1 August 2008 to the present day.

The Road Accident Fund (RAF) created by legislation is a juristic person funded by a fuel levy, which indemnifies the wrongdoer. A claimant must prove that the wrongdoer was negligent and that negligence was a cause of the accident that resulted in injuries or death. The benefits under the Amendment Act 19 of 2005 is that one may claim for past and future medical expenses, past and future loss of earning capacity, past and future loss of support and general damages for serious injuries. The object RAF is compensation for loss or damage caused by a motor vehicle accident.

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