MP: More awareness needed

Leader of Opposition Ro Teimumu Kepa and Mere Samisoni in Parliament. Picture: JONA KONATACI

OPPOSITION spokesperson for infrastructure and transport Aseri Radrodro told Parliament that the Accident Compensation Committee of Fiji (ACCF) needed to do more advocacy work on the “no fault compensation cover” policy.

Mr Radrodro responded to the ministerial statement of Attorney-General Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, who is also the Acting Minister for Transport.

Mr Radrodro said he was sure vehicle owners and the public would embrace the no fault compensation cover.

“If it is to work well and ethically and morally by those processing accident claims, then it means victims will not need to establish fault or negligence,” Mr Radrodro said.

“However, the ACCF needs to do more advocacies on this new cover because accident victims need to understand that once they accept payment under the new scheme, it may affect a driver’s rights to judicial review or remedies by the courts.”

Mr Radrodro praised the initiative by Government in raising the accident covers for individuals for those capped at $4000 per passenger to a maximum of $75,000 for partial incapacity and $150,000 for permanent total incapacity.

In his statement, Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said for the month of January this year, there were 13,347 motor vehicle levies paid, totalling $946,504.69 VIP collected.

“The ACCF head office is currently under construction at the LTA building in Valelevu, Nasinu, and is expected to be completed later this month. Currently, the ACCF is operating out of an adjacent office at the LTA,” he said.