NCAA’s Stringent Measures In Response To Violation Of Insurance Cover By Airlines

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The Nigeria Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) is taking a firm stance against airlines and their associated aviation services that have violated the Nigerian Civil Aviation Regulations (Nig. CARs) 2022 concerning insurance coverage, signaling potential aircraft grounding and operational restrictions.

The apex aviation authority has also issued a warning that it will impose penalties on entities failing to uphold the specified regulations.

In an official statement released by Capt. Musa Nuhu, the Director-General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), and made available to the press on Sunday, it was revealed that these consequences could entail the suspension of specific aircraft and the initiation of enforcement measures against violators.

Capt. Nuhu emphasized that these directives have been conveyed through an All Operator Letter, identified as NCAA/DG/AIR/11/16/369, dated August 11, 2023. The letter, personally endorsed by Capt. Nuhu, was distributed to all airlines and providers of allied aviation services.

The official communication highlighted that these actions are in direct response to the enforcement of Nig. CARs 2022, which came into effect on July 10, 2023. The regulation mandates full compliance by airlines with Part 18.14.1.1, which pertains to insurance coverage.

As stated by Capt. Nuhu, Part 18.14.1.1 of the regulations stipulates that all airlines and allied aviation service providers must refrain from operating without valid and adequate insurance coverage. Additionally, they are required to submit copies of valid insurance certificates, evidence of premium payment, and other pertinent policy documents reflecting insurance coverage for a minimum of three months, as specified in IS: 18.14.1.1.

Another crucial aspect is the obligation to possess an up-to-date insurance document, which must be comprehensive and renewed before the current policy expires. It’s also imperative that the updated insurance documentation is promptly submitted to the NCAA following renewal.

Capt. Nuhu’s communication underscores the critical need for strict compliance with these regulations and reiterates the legal repercussions that await those who choose to overlook them. Defaulters will face appropriate legal actions in accordance with the prevailing laws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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