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Radrodro applauds set up of Accident Compensation Commission

Radrodro applauds set up of Accident Compensation Commission
Shadow Minister for Infrastructure and Transport Aseri Radrodro with the Assistant Minister for Local Government Lorna Eden in Parliament yesterday 15 March, 2018. Photo: LOSIRENE LACANIVALU.
March 16
11:00 2018

Shadow Minister for Infra­structure and Transport Aseri Radrodro has applaud­ed the establishment of the Acci­dent Compensation Commission Fiji (ACCF).

This was in his response to the ministerial statement delivered by the Acting Minister for Trans­port and Attorney-General, Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum.

Mr Radrodro said the ACCF promised to reduce the long wait accident victims had to endure fol­lowing road accidents.

He said this meant that all motor vehicle owners would have to pay a reduced motor vehicle levy from what they used to pay as compul­sory third party levy.

He said in the past, Fijian victims of road accidents to languish for years as they waited for the insur­ance payouts for their injuries or when losing a loved one in road accidents.

Mr Radrodro said as he under­stood vehicle owners and the gen­eral public embraced the No Fault Compensation Cover. He hopes that it would work well ethically and morally by those who pro­cessed the claims.

“It means that victims will not need to establish fault and negli­gence,” he said.

However, he said the ACCF need­ed to advocate more on the new cover because accident victims needed to understand that once the payment was accepted under the new scheme, it would affect a driver’s right to judicial review or remedies by the courts.

Mr Radrodro lamented the pay­out made to the families of the 12 Naevuevu bus fire victims in Siga­toka in August 29, 2008.

“They were merely given $20,000 each in 2015 as compensation set­tlement for an accident that will live in our memories as one of the worst disasters on our roads,” he said.

“The delay in payout and the in­significant amount paid to com­pensate for worthy lives yet to be lived to their full potential re­mains a major loss to Fiji today.”

Mr Radrdro called on the Gov­ernment to explore possibilities to review on a case by case basis some pending accident claims, es­pecially of those involving public service vehicles, where victims played no role in the accidents.

He made this call stating that he was aware of the new accident compensation policy to look at ac­cidents on or after January 1, this year.

Edited by Percy Kean


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