The Road Transport and Safety Agency has with immediate effect suspended the Road Service Licence (RSL) for Mr. Aubrey M’membe of Kabwe the owner of the bus that was involved in a road traffic accident where 25 people died in Kabwe.
The Agency is concerned with the poor road safety record for Mr. Aubrey M’membe whose road safety records reveal that two of his buses were involved in terrible road traffic accidents on 30th April, 2013 and the recent one on 9th April, 2016 respectively.
On 9th April 2016, one of Mr. M’membe’s buses, a Mercedes Benz Bus registration number ACZ 4829 driven by the late Moses Phiri was involved in a road traffic crash with a Wada Chovu bus along Great North Road, 17km from Kabwe and about 3km from Manyumbi toll gate resulting in twenty (25) people losing their lives and thirty (34) others injured.
RTSA noted that from its records that this is not the first time that Mr. M’membe’s buses have been involved in an accident resulting in many people losing their lives.
On 30th April 2013, another bus a Toyota Hiace Minibus registration number ACP 3052 belonging to Mr. M’membe was involved in accident at Ibis Gardens in Chisamba and a total number of eighteen (18) people lost their lives.
Arising from that accident, the Agency suspended the operator’s Licence for a period of three months for operating outside the designated locality.
RTSA’s preliminary investigations reveal that both drivers in this case were driving at excessive speed and therefore failed to prevent the accident from happening.
In a letter addressed to Mr. Aubrey M’membe, RTSA Chief Executive Officer Mr. Zindaba Soko stated that subsection (16) of section 108 of the Road Traffic Act empowers the Director of the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to either suspend or revoke a Road Service Licence if the conditions subject to which the Road Service License was granted are not being complied with.
Mr. Soko added that the Agency has a responsibility of ensuring the safety of all road users and will in this regard not hesitate to invoke its powers under section 108 of the Act either to suspend or to revoke the Road Service Licence of any operator that has a bad road safety record.
To this effect, the RTSA has with immediate effect suspended the operator’s Licence for Mr. M’membe pending revocation.
The Agency has since given Mr. M’membe seven days to show cause why the Road Service Licence should not be revoked following the effected suspension.
And the RTSA has also given Wada Chovu Transport an ultimatum of seven days to show cause why their Road Service Licence should not be revoked or suspended for failure to comply with conditions subject to which it was granted.
Failure to do so within the prescribed period will leave the Agency with no option but to suspend or revoke the RSL.
On 9th April 2016, a Wada Chovu bus registration number AJB 6340 was involved in a road traffic accident when it collided with a Mercedenz Benz Bus registration number ACZ 4829 leaving 25 people dead and several others injured.
The driver of the Wada Chovu bus failed to keep to his lane as he was trying to avoid a stationery truck which was completely off the road and eventually resulted into head-on collision with the other bus.
Preliminary accident investigation conducted by the RTSA revealed that the driver of the Wada Chove bus was over speeding.
In a letter addressed to the Managing Director of Wada Chovu Transport, RTSA Director, Mr. Soko stated that Section 108 subsection (11) of the Road Traffic Act, provides that compliance with the provisions of the Act is an implied condition of the Road Service Licence (RSL).