THE government has made progress in the establishment of a Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund to provide compensation for road accident victims and promoting road safety prevention activities. During the Southern Africa Development Community, MVA Funds meeting in South Africa, Road Transport and Safety Agency deputy director – safety, Gladwell Banda disclosed that the country was currently working on the deployment of the institutional and legal frameworks to govern the establishment of the MVA Fund.
He said the government would soon hold consultative meetings to receive submissions from the public and other stakeholders. Banda said the country was exploring the best technical approach for the proposed MVA Fund in respect to funding, claims and policy practices.
“The establishment of the proposed MVA fund will leverage on the existing Third Party Act Cover which is currently underwritten by the Insurance Industry in Zambia with the aim of widening the scope of cover for all Zambians which would evidently enhance the quality of life of citizens by promoting road safety, compensation, rehabilitation and supporting those affected by the road crash. Thus providing a social security safety net for funds in a bid to provide care to road crash victims and restore balance in their lives,” Banda said according to a statement issued by head – public relations Fredrick Mubanga.
He said the MVA Fund was essential towards the attainment of the United Nations Decade of Action on Road Safety which among other things, calls for the provision of an effective and efficient post-crash care system. Banda said RTSA in consultation with the government and other critical stakeholders was assessing the viability of establishing a sustainable MVA Fund which would also generate resources for providing social support to accident victims and the general citizenry who are left to suffer unbearable pain and loss of lives as a result of road crashes.
SADC member countries are meeting in South Africa to look at various modalities and share experiences with other countries that have such a Fund in place like South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho and Namibia.
The meeting is also encouraging all SADC countries to establish MVA Funds in their respective countries as such an approach is critical in achieving pillar number five for the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety which is about improved post-crash care.