MINISTER of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba removes bottles of Mosi lager beer from the drivers porch at check point mounted by the Road Transport and Safety Agency, in Mazabuka on Sunday morning. Mr Mushimba has been physically involved in the enforcement and compliance of motor vehicle and road safety regulations. The driver of the fuel tanker was found drunk and was later detained and charged for breaking the law.. PICTURE: BRIAN MALAMA
MINISTER of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba removes bottles of Mosi lager beer from the drivers porch at check point mounted by the Road Transport and Safety Agency, in Mazabuka on Sunday morning. Mr Mushimba has been physically involved in the enforcement and compliance of motor vehicle and road safety regulations. The driver of the fuel tanker was found drunk and was later detained and charged for breaking the law.. PICTURE: BRIAN MALAMA

Minister of Transport and communications Brian Mushimba has directed the Road Transport and Safety Agency-RTSA – to remove all vehicles that are not road worthy from the roads.

Mr. Mushimba issued the directive when he conducted a compliance operation at Ten Pyke Community Check point in Kafue.

He also said there is need for RTSA to re-visit the laws on drunk driving and stiffen penalties that will take away some erring driver’s privileges.

The Minister said there is also need to exhaust all necessary procedures in repealing the laws keeping in mind the legal implications to ending drunk-driving among Road users.

And RTSA Chief Executive Officer Zindaba Soko said the Agency wants to ensure Zero tolerance to drunk driving.

Zambia Police and RATSA have been implementing Operation Compliance checks country wide since it was launched in Luanshya last week.

The move is aimed at increasing traffic Compliance levels among road users after the Agency noticed compliance levels among motorists had gone down last year.

MINISTER of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba removes bottles of Mosi lager beer from the drivers porch at check point mounted by the Road Transport and Safety Agency, in Mazabuka on Sunday morning. Mr Mushimba has been physically involved in the enforcement and compliance of motor vehicle and road safety regulations. The driver of the fuel tanker was found drunk and was later detained and charged for breaking the law.. PICTURE: BRIAN MALAMA
MINISTER of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba removes bottles of Mosi lager beer from the drivers porch at check point mounted by the Road Transport and Safety Agency, in Mazabuka on Sunday morning. Mr Mushimba has been physically involved in the enforcement and compliance of motor vehicle and road safety regulations. The driver of the fuel tanker was found drunk and was later detained and charged for breaking the law.. PICTURE: BRIAN MALAMA
MINISTER of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba removes bottles of Mosi lager beer from the drivers porch at check point mounted by the Road Transport and Safety Agency, in Mazabuka on Sunday morning. Mr Mushimba has been physically involved in the enforcement and compliance of motor vehicle and road safety regulations. The driver of the fuel tanker was found drunk and was later detained and charged for breaking the law.. PICTURE: BRIAN MALAMA
MINISTER of Transport and Communications Brian Mushimba removes bottles of Mosi lager beer from the drivers porch at check point mounted by the Road Transport and Safety Agency, in Mazabuka on Sunday morning. Mr Mushimba has been physically involved in the enforcement and compliance of motor vehicle and road safety regulations. The driver of the fuel tanker was found drunk and was later detained and charged for breaking the law.. PICTURE: BRIAN MALAMA
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  1. We will never know how many lives were saved …. good stuff ,…. in the long run my only advice is that RATSA officers need to being doing holistic checks rather than just focus on “Window stickers” that have no bearing on the status of the vehicle nor that of the driver

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  2. One example are those defective trucks commonly known as ifyamilando which are used to ferry logs from Zaffico plantations. These monsters have no indicators, no brakes, no windscreens or basically no accident retarders work. Sometimes it takes two people to handle the steering wheel at sharp bends. ZP just allow these things to move in townships maybe because of ka bribe.

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  3. please RTSA also ban the used tires business, every tire has a lifespan of 6 years and is indicated on the tire where the letters DOT are, save lives by ensuring that a tire more than 6 years is not allowed on our roads.

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  4. This minister is simply my BEST MINISTER , he is hard working , humble and sober . Please honourable keep it up dont relent H.E will reward u more

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  5. Bring in breath-risers; and state the allowable limit for a driver. Being found with beer could be difficult to justify that you were actually drinking.

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  6. Everything is directives…next you will issue a directive to arrest all drunk drivers.
    Utterly incompetent foooools

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  7. Why do people use this forum to insult people who can’t even reply? This forum is for intellectual idea sharing not for KMB type of mentality. Some of you claim to be based in Europe etc but I wonder how you got there with your primitive behavior. Maybe you’re smuggled via the Mediterranean?

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  8. I want to know why the beer was confiscated and under what law? The Minister should be charged with theft.

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    • does this answer your question ‘The driver of the fuel tanker was found drunk and was later detained and charged for breaking the law.’

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  9. Does having a bottle of beer in your vehicle mean you are driving under the influence? We should not be too quick to praise human beings because before you know it they become big headed and stup!d! I know RTSA did not meet its money collections last year. The question RTSA should answer is where did the difference go despite so many traffic offenses that went unreported? First fix the economy and people will afford to fix their vehicles. It should not become a crime to own a vehicle! Yes you need to sort out the careless ones on the road like those who drive too slow in the fast lane and inconveniencing other road users!

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    • Ba The Real Quest improve on your reading culture. The story clearly states that the driver was drunk. Read the story first before commenting please.

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    • How drunk was he? We want an objective measure! What was the BAC% if you know what that means ba Jack! Was he above the legal limit or within? If I took this case to court I would win because what is being reported is speculative and subjective! Don’t support things blindly because the next victim will be yourself!

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  10. Please start with the government vehicles which includes ZP , Army, ZNS and other government wings.

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  11. I’m sure Brian has more pressing issues to attend to than retrieving unopened beer bottles from trucks or is it a question of doing the easy things 1st (how about straightening out the railway system for a start?). He is not a gazetted arresting officer and he has no warrant to search the vehicle. As someone has already surmised, the driver will walk as he was not breathylised (SP) and the evidence (bottles) are unopened.

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  12. This is positive. We need to sort our Roads, by tackling bad drivers and dangerous cars off the road. Let’s see if we can bring accident stats down.

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  13. This minister katwishi. How can you arrest someone for being in possession of unopened beer bottles sure. The driver should just Sue the minister.

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    • Totally agree! Minister has overstepped his authority! When did he become the arresting officer? It’s time we started questioning our overzealous leaders on some of their actions or they will continue taking us for a ride and we’ll continue being the victims while themselves continue getting away with the Auditor General’s reports on their corruption! Yes we don’t want drunk drivers on our roads but the appropriate qualified officers must do the screening and confirmatory tests to be fair and to prove beyond reasonable doubt that indeed someone was DUI! If I may add, Chamba (Marijuana)testing should also start. A simple urine test is all it takes but not to be done by a minister!

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  14. The Minister has an impressive CV but what he is doing is no differnece from a grade 7 dropout. You can do better than that comrade Brian. Show what you are made of.

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