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Drunk Drivers Won’t Get Any Compensation: Parvez Akbar

Drivers who are drunk at the time of an accident and get injured will not get payouts from the Accident Compensation Commission of Fiji (ACCF). Commission chief executive officer Parvez Akbar said if people were going to consume alcohol, then they should make arrangements to ensure that they do not drive.
15 Sep 2020 11:01
Drunk Drivers Won’t Get Any Compensation: Parvez Akbar

Drivers who are drunk at the time of an accident and get injured will not get payouts from the Accident Compensation Commission of Fiji (ACCF).

Commission chief executive officer Parvez Akbar said if people were going to consume alcohol, then they should make arrangements to ensure that they do not drive.

“Passengers must also ensure they do not allow the designated driver to drink and they should not sit in a vehicle where the driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs,” he said.

The commission expressed concern for the accident that took place on Saturday September 12, 2020 at Nasole Road, Nasinu.

The commission urged victims of the accident to contact ACCF regarding their entitlements.

“While the actual cause of the accident will be determined on completion of the Police investigation, ACCF is concerned with the possibility that alcohol and dangerous driving may have played a part in this accident,” Mr Akbar said.

ACCF will not pay compensation to drivers in the following circumstances:

  • Driving under the influence of alcohol over the prescribed limit, or under the influence of
  • Being convicted of an offence of driving with an excess of alcohol or blood alcohol concentration over the prescribed limit.
  • Failing or refusing to permit a breath test or a specimen of blood to be taken.
  • Not holding a valid driving licence authorising that person to drive the motor vehicle of the class or use for which it is registered.
  • Failure to comply with all the conditions of the driving licence.
  • Being convicted of an offence for any act or omission that directly caused the accident.
  • Attempted suicide or suicide.
  • Any injury or death that did not directly arise from the accident.
  • Owner of a vehicle who has failed to pay the Motor Vehicle Levy.
  • Personal injury or death caused by deliberate self injury.

Edited by Ranoba Baoa

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