The Ministry of Transport has extended the grace period for public service vehicles to be fitted with seat belts from June 1st 2017 to December 2018.
Minister of Transport Brian Mushimba says the extension of the grace period is to allow for smooth implementation of the law.
Mr. Mushimba says the ministry needs to engage the Ministry of Finance on mechanisms of tax relief to importers of mini buses that will be fitted with seat belts.
The Minister says the current buses in the country do not have a provision for seat belts to be fitted.
Mr. Mushimba says a ban on the importation of such vehicles has been put in place and the extension is necessary for this law to be effected.
He was speaking in an interview with ZNBC News in Lusaka.