THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has summoned 15 public service bus operators to explain why the agency should not suspend or revoke their Road Service Licences (RSL).
RTSA chief executive officer Zindaba Soko said that the agency has recorded 16 road traffic accidents involving passenger public service vehicles were 13 people died and 178 injured.
The operators include Mazhandu family bus services, CR holdings, Power Tools, Jitotwe bus services, Lombeson bus services, Lameck Ngona, CEA Fire comfort liners, Benard Moyo, Victor Mbao, Grand enterprises, Capital buses (Flash buses), Javice Mutale, Simon Kalunga and Euro Africa bus services and RK motorways .
Investigations by the RTSA have indicated that most of the road traffic accidents involving public service vehicles were mainly due to excessive speed and other human errors.
“As regulators of passenger public service vehicles, we are not going to allow such a situation to be left unchecked, but we are going to ensure that we enforce the Road Traffic Act in its totality to prevent any further road traffic accidents,” Mr Soko.
Mr Soko said the agency is summoning the operators whose buses were involved in the accidents so that they may explain why the agency should not suspend or revoke their road service licences.
“If found wanting the agency will not hesitate to suspend or revoke Road Service Licences (RSL) to operators who are not managing their fleet in accordance to the conditions of the RSL,” he added.
Mr Soko has also warned drivers who victimize passengers who advise them to reduce speed, saying by doing so they are flouting the Road Transport Act that the agency will prosecute such drivers.