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DEPT OF TRANSPORT. BRIEFING ON SCHOLAR TRANSPORT TO THE PARLIAMENTARY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT By Transport Policy and Economic Regulation Branch 14 September 2010. PRESENTATION OUTLINE. Current status of scholar transport in South Africa - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • BRIEFING ON SCHOLAR TRANSPORT TO THE PARLIAMENTARY PORTFOLIO COMMITTEE ON TRANSPORT

    By Transport Policy and Economic Regulation Branch 14 September 2010

    DEPT OF TRANSPORT

  • Current status of scholar transport in South Africa

    Proposed National Scholar Transport policy

    Way forward

    PRESENTATION OUTLINE

  • Absence of a uniform national policy framework;

    Regulation of Scholar Transport is fragmented e.g. Unroadworthy vehicles, Unlicensed drivers and illegal operators; disintegrated law enforcement;

    Funding mechanism is fragmented e.g. different payment mechanisms in provinces;

    Minimal research on the conveyance of school children in light delivery vehicles to and from school;

    National Road Traffic Act of 1996 prohibits conveyance of people in light delivery vehicles for commercial purposes;

    Problems with timeous payment to service providers and entry into the industry not clear;

    CURRENT STATUS OF SCHOLAR TRANSPORT

  • Function currently reside with both Depts of Basic Education and Transport respectively;

    Some provinces are in the process of migrating functions from BDOE to DOT.

    Research findings of National Household Travel survey indicate that:

    16 million scholars attend school

    The vast majority of scholars 76 % (12,1 million) walk to school ;

    30 % (3.6 million) of scholars travel time to school is more than 30 minutes;

    KZN has high percentage of walkers and to a lesser degree in EC, MP and NW and

    560 000 scholars walk more than one hour one way;

    CURRENT STATUS OF SCHOLAR TRANSPORT

  • Car travel and taxis are most frequently used;

    Busses have some patronage in metropolitan and urban areas;

    Trains are seldom used in metropolitan and urban areas; Public transport provides only 13 % of all school trips;

    Usage of public transport for schooling purposes differs from province to province;

    Urban provinces have the highest usage of public transport and the rural provinces are the lowest;

    Nelson Mandela Foundation study highlights scholar transport issues as acute is rural areas;

    CURRENT STATUS OF SCHOLAR TRANSPORT

  • CURRENT STATUS OF SCHOLAR TRANSPORT

    PROVINCEPDOTPDOEGAUTENGMigration of scholar transport function is in the process of being concluded and PDOT has re-aligned organizational structure by approving the new Scholar Transport DirectoratePDOE MEC agreed in principle with MEC PDOT to assume total control of scholar transport function.

    NORTH WESTFunction and budget is with PDOT and was successfully migrated from PDOE.PDOT designes routes and appointed service providers

  • CURRENT STATUS OF SCHOLAR TRANSPORT

    PROVINCEPDOTPDOEEASTERN CAPEAwaiting for provincial legislature to provide policy directionThe scholar transport function is currently with PDOE.

    NORTHERN CAPEMEC PDOE & PDOT agreed on the migration of function to PDOTTask team formed to work on the process of migration The scholar transport function is with PDOE.

  • CURRENT STATUS OF SCHOLAR TRANSPORT

    PROVINCEPDOTPDOEWESTERN CAPEAwaiting for DOT to conclude policy development processThe function is still with PDOE

    LIMPOPO

    Function reside with with PDOE.

  • CURRENT STATUS OF SCHOLAR TRANSPORT

    PROVINCEPDOTPDOEKWAZULU-NATAL The scholar transport function resides with PDOE

    FREE STATE

    The scholar transport function reside with with PDOE.

    MPUMALANGAThe scholar transport function and budget is managed by PDOTThe scholar transport function has been migrated to PDOT

  • Background ;

    Vision and Mission;

    Policy and Legislative Context;

    Policy Statements ;

    Implementation framework and

    Key priority areas for policy implementation.

    PROPOSED NATIONAL SCHOLAR TRANSPORT POLICY

  • DOT Strategic Plan gave impetus for development of national scholar transport policy ;

    Task teams formed DOT internal & provincial transport depts.;

    Two workshops were held on Scholar Transport1st - to introduce policy process .

    Presentations were made by various stakeholders such as SABOA , Taxi Industry, School Governing Bodies, Disability organisations, Commuter organisations, etc on the expectations of the policy.

    2nd workshop was to present the draft policy to key stakeholders took place.

    BACKGROUND

  • Strategic meetings with DBOE took place and are still ongoing;

    Various work sessions with different stakeholders led to the development of the draft policy;

    Provincial stakeholder consultations took place; and

    DG and Deputy Minister of DOT have approved for policy development process to be concluded & to approach DOT Minister to engage DBOE Minister to make presentations in Cabinet .

    BACKGROUND

  • To ensure the provision of scholar transport service that caters for the needs of scholars

    MISSION The mobility needs of scholars shall be met through the provision of a safe, secure, reliable and affordable scholar transport services to support social development and future economic growth

    VISION

  • To develop a uniform national scholar transport policy framework;To ensure transport as a catalyst for education through access to schools;To promote non-motorized transport in a safe and secure circumstances;To promote scholar transport within the main modes of public transport;To ensure he provision of safe and secure scholar transport services

    STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES FOR SCHOLAR TRANSPORT

  • To provide for the design of a route network that caters scholar transport needs;To ensure the procurement and formalisation of scholar transport services;To ensure sustainable and equitable funding for the provision of scholar transport services;To monitor and evaluate scholar transport services;To ensure the provision of infrastructure

    STRATEGIC OBJECTIVES FOR SCHOLAR TRANSPORT

  • Section 85 (2) (b) of the Constitution mandates the Department of Transport the role of developing and implementing scholar transport policy

    The policy is guided by the White Paper on National Transport Policy of 1996 and other legislations such as NLTA of 2009 , NRTA of 1996.

    Other relevant legislations are Public Transport Strategy of 2007 and National Land Transport Strategic Framework.

    POLICY AND LEGISLATIVE CONTEXT

  • INSTITUTIONAL ARRANGEMENTS AND GOVERNANCE;DOT has the ultimate responsibility to providescholar transport given its mandate.Key roles in the provision of scholar transport and Structures that must perform these roles:DEVELOPMENT OF NATIONAL POLICYDOT will develop and review national policy after consultation with relevant stakeholders.

    POLICY STATEMENTS

  • PLANNING AND CORDINATION OF SCHOLAR TRANSPORT PDOT must develop implementation strategies and plans in consultation with PDOE and other key stakeholders.Strategies and Plans must be included in PLTF, Strategic Plans, ITP, of local government.Provincial Plans must recognize provincial cross border services where relevant REGULATION OF SCHOLAR TRANSPORT

    DOT must regulate any issue of relevance to scholar transport provision to ensure efficiency

    POLICY STATEMENTS CONT

  • FUNDING DOT will fund scholar transport through scholar transport subsidy.

    REGISTRATION AND LICENSING OF OPERATORS

    DOT Registrar Office and Operating License Boards must register and license scholar transport operators.Management of database of all registered and licensed scholar transport operators.

    POLICY STATEMENTS CONT

  • CONTRACTING OF SERVICES AND TENDERING PDOT to ensure that scholar transport service are procured through tender process required by government legislation.

    LAW ENFORCEMENT AND ENSURING ROAD SAFETY

    PDOT must work closely with local government to ensure compliance regarding safe transportation of scholars.PDOT through traffic law enforcement officials ensure compliance to traffic legislation.DOT in conjuction with RTMC should promote road safety through existing programmes to educate scholars

    POLICY STATEMENTS CONT

  • BENEFICIARIES FOR SCHOLAR TRANSPORT SUBSIDY DOT after consultation with DOE will identify qualifying scholars in line with the identified criteria.Scholar principals and SGBs to play a significant role in the identification of qualifying scholars.Criteria include: Grade R-12 scholars, +3km distance from school etc.DOT will provide subsidies to all qualifying scholars in dedicated transport and those in mainstream public transport.

    POLICY STATEMENTS CONT

  • MANAGEMENT AND PLANNING SYSTEM DOT and its provincial counterparts (PDOT) must manage implementation of scholar transport through dedicated components. PDOT must establish planning committee with representatives of the PDOE. The annual planning cycle of such committee to include:Data collection - FebruaryDesign of services-March-JunePreparation of budget inputs-JulySubmission of budget-AugustCall for tenders-SeptemberAppointment of successful tender/operator-NovemberProvision for monitoring of services-November-DecemberImplementation of scholar transport provision-January

    POLICY STATEMENTS CONT

  • INTERGRATION ISSUES Scholar transport must be integrated into the broader physical and planning environment.Intergovernmental co-ordination must ensure integration of land use and transport.PDOT must ensure integration of scholar transport services with the broader public transport system.PDOT must ensure that scholar tra

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