A cross section of motorists in Zambia have spoken out against intentions by the Road Transport and Safety Agency to ban the use of second hand tyres on Zambian roads.
RTSA this week announced that it has proposed legislation banning the use of second hand tyres.
The motorists interviewed in Lusaka say they are against the planned move as it will not solve the problem of high road carnage in Zambia.
They have since asked RTSA to put the entire project on hold until further consultations and research is done.
Others took to the RTSA Facebook page to condemn the move saying if implemented, the move will only increase corruption on Zambian roads.
“You should consider hundreds of Zambian who make a living out of second hand tyre business. I think this will just increase corruption among officers who will be implementing this new law,” one of the bloggers wrote.
“Banning of second hand tyres will not solve the problem of road accidents. If the condition of tyres is a factor, then the issue ‘Defective or Worn out’ should be addressed bearing in mind that some called ‘Second hand tyres may actually be new,” another posted.
Some charged, “The problem with you RTSA is that you don’t want to engage serious people to partner with…That’s why these problems will never end in Zambia. Look at the people who you are partnering with? There are people with ideas and they have approached you before to offer solutions but you have denied them.”
THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has proposed legislation banning the use of second hand tyres.
Addressing the media on Tuesday, RTSA director and Chief Executive Officer Zindaba Soko, said the proposal to have a law banning the use of second hand tyres was a way of improving law enforcement on conditions of motor vehicles.
Mr Soko said the Agency would be introducing the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS), a new technology that will be used to monitor drivers on the road.
“In our efforts to attain road safety, we will be improving law enforcement on vehicle conditions; for example, banning the usage of used or retreaded tyres to avert road carnage. We will be introducing the Global Positioning Satellite (GPS) to strengthen monitoring of drivers on the road. We are also seriously, considering reviewing the road traffic post-care management systems in order to introduce better post-crash care management of all road traffic accident victims,” Mr Soko said.
Mr Soko stated that 1, 100 people died from road traffic accidents in the first half of 2016 a situation he described as disturbing.
He stated that the Agency had identified speeding, drink driving, unlicensed drivers and unroad worth vehicles as common offences leading to accidents.