Director of Transport from Surface and Regulatory Authority of Tanzania Leo John Ngowi apologized to the Zambian government for the accidents caused by Tanzanian registered trucks and that there is need to find a lasting solution to the problem.
Zambia Police Service Traffic section in a report recorded about 227 road traffic accidents caused by Tanzanian truck drivers between January 1, 2015 and May 19, 2015.
Out of the 227 accidents 37 were fatal in which 42 lives were lost while 42 were serious with 51 slightly serious of which 59 persons were slightly injured and 133 involved damage to vehicle or property.
The report says the major causes of these accidents are excess speed, obstruction, fatigue which leads to wrong parking and that poses a danger to other motorists and that the worst is the running away of drivers after causing an accident.
And the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) says its government’s role to remove obstacles that cause congestion at border posts such as poor road infrastructure.
RTSA Chief Executive Director Zindaba Soko said this during the bilateral road transport meeting between Zambia and Tanzania in Ndola on Wednesday.
Mr. Soko said the state of the road infrastructure in any country plays a key role in promoting the smooth flow of trade and people.
“With regards to border processes, Zambia has made significant strides at implementing the One Stop Border Post (OSBP) at Nakonde/Tunduma border post. The OSBP infrastructure at Nakonde/Tunduma border on the Zambian side is complete and operational,” he said.
Mr. Soko urged Tanzania to expedite efforts to set up the like infrastructure on the Tanzanian side so that the OSBP could become fully operational.
He said it was Zambia’s hope that other countries both in the SADC and COMESA regions could adopt the concept on all corridors in order to enhance efficiency in the clearing of goods and passengers at border posts.
“There are obvious gains to be achieved by reducing the amount of time that vehicles (both freight and passengers) spend at the border, one of them being the reduction in the cost of doing business as operators will be able to make more trips than they are making at present,” he said.
Mr Soko stressed the need for operators to adhere to traffic rules so as to prevent needless losses of life due to reckless, careless or dangerous driving.