AC­CI­DENT COM­PEN­SA­TION COM­MIS­SION OF FIJI (ACCF) MORE THAN $13M PAID IN AC­CI­DENT COM­PEN­SA­TION

$3.4 MIL­LION PAID OUT FOR IN­JURY-RE­LATED CLAIMS, $9.7 MIL­LION PAID OUT FOR DEATH CLAIMS Parvez Ak­bar: Re­duc­tion in the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Ac­ci­dent Levy by 50 per cent as an­nounced in the 2020/2021 Na­tional Bud­get will not af­fect ACCF’s abil­ity to com­pen­sate vi

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To date, the Ac­ci­dent Com­pen­sa­tion Com­mis­sion of Fiji (ACCF) has paid more than $13 mil­lion in com­pen­sa­tion for mo­tor ve­hi­cle, em­ploy­ment and school ac­ci­dents.

In the three years that the com­mis­sion has been in ex­is­tence, $3.4 mil­lion has been paid out for in­jury-re­lated claims while $9.7 mil­lion has been paid out for death claims.

The com­mis­sion’s chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer, Parvez Ak­bar, said the re­duc­tion in the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Ac­ci­dent Levy by 50 per cent as an­nounced in the 2020/2021 Na­tional Bud­get will not af­fect ACCF’s abil­ity to com­pen­sate vic­tims of these ac­ci­dents.

He said the re­duc­tion was in recog­ni­tion of the se­vere im­pacts of COVID-19 on Fiji’s econ­omy and on Fi­jian fam­i­lies.

“The an­nounce­ment pro­vides re­lief to mo­tor ve­hi­cle own­ers for a pe­riod of one year as the na­tion copes with the im­pacts of COVID-19,” Mr Ak­bar said.

“With the pass­ing of the Ac­ci­dent Com­pen­sa­tion Act 2017 (the Act), the Fi­jian Gov­ern­ment brought about the most sig­nif­i­cant trans­for­ma­tion for vic­tims of mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents in the his­tory of Fiji.” He said the leg­is­la­tion en­abled the pay­ment of com­pen­sa­tion to vic­tims of mo­tor ve­hi­cle ac­ci­dents with­out fault and re­moved the need for vic­tims to pur­sue their claims through pro­tracted and costly le­gal pro­ceed­ings.

Fund­ing for com­pen­sa­tion pay­ments comes from the Mo­tor Ve­hi­cle Ac­ci­dent Levy that mo­tor ve­hi­cle own­ers pay the Land Trans­port Au­thor­ity and 40 per cent of the one per cent FNU Levy paid by em­ploy­ers.

Ac­ci­dent Com­pen­sa­tion Com­mis­sion chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Parvez Ak­bar.

Source: Ac­ci­dent Com­pen­sa­tion Com­mis­sion of Fiji

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