RSTA CEO Zindaba Soka addressing the media whilst flanked by his Deputy Director Safety Gladwell Banda during the media briefing
RSTA CEO Zindaba Soka addressing the media whilst flanked by his Deputy Director Safety Gladwell Banda during the media briefing

The Road Transport and Safety Agency has suspended the road service licence for Kapena Bus Company for violating the conditions upon which the operator’s licence was granted.

In a letter dated 2nd June 2017, RTSA Director and Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Zindaba Soko has stated that findings from the investigations into the Luangwa accident involving a Kapena bus registration number ABP 6303 have proved that the operator neglected or failed to ensure that the bus in question was fit to be used to carry passengers after the change of the brakes was done and thereby occasioned danger to the travelling public.

It has also been established that the driver and the operator defied the provisions of the Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 76 of 2016 which restricts the movement of Public Service Vehicles (PSV) at night.

The Agency has given Kapena Bus Company 24 hours to cease operations and thereafter none of their buses shall be expected to be on the road.

The RSL will only be restored subject to the operator meeting the conditions that the Agency has set to address the findings from the accident investigations.

On the 23rd May 2017, a motor vehicle Scania Marcopolo Bus registration number ABP 6303 operating under a road service licence No. 163140 was involved in an accident were 17 people died and several injured at around 21:00 hours few kilometers before the Luangwa Bridge.

Accident investigations conducted by the RTSA have established that the accident was caused following the re-adjustment of the brakes by the bus crew as the bus was reported to be brake binding. The findings from the preliminary investigations also indicate that the bus crew were seen under the bus possibly re-adjusting the brakes so as to minimise brake binding.

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25 COMMENTS

    • dont worry! the minister will reverse this suspension. They will be in business by Monday.

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    • Only 17 people died and you want to take business from a reputable company ?

      Zindaba must resign.

      Thanks

      BB2014,2016

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    • Suspending bus companies is not the solution; Train drivers and inspect buses for road worthiness.

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    • RTSA Need suspension too. We need a serious overhaul of Rtsa where a driver licenses takes 3 years to be provided meanwhile creating room for the Police to take advantage of that.

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  1. How many buses does this company have? Effect to the travelling public is zero,

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  2. RTSA IS A BUNCH OF JOKERS AND IT MUST BE DISOLVED. RTSA NEEDS HIGHLY PRINCIPLED EXECUTIVES TO RUN IT.

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    • You need consultants from countries with bigger road neworks NOT these Grade 12 comedians…th

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  3. The new minister is better than Kapembwa Simbao on envelopes. Mazhandu is a stare decis

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    • “…will only be restored subject to the operator meeting the conditions that the Agency has set to address the findings from the accident investigations.”
      In Zambia your lives mean nothing…you need to wake from your docility this company will back on the road within a month.

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    • “It has also been established that the driver and the operator defied the provisions of the Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 76 of 2016 which restricts the movement of Public Service Vehicles (PSV) at night.”
      This is what you get when you accept mediocrity as the normal…the operators biggest crime was night driving. It seems with these empty tins they have a meeting every time there is an accident no layout guidelines.

      “will only be restored subject to the operator meeting the conditions that the Agency has set to address the findings from the accident investigations.”

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  4. Locking the gates after the cows have bolted out into the village? Please lets be serious and be proactive Rastamen.

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  5. Why does is it always have to result in loss of lives before the muppets at RTSA suspends licenses of companies with buses they claim were not “road worthy”?

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  6. ………..RTSA, kindly inspect all public transport every month if they are worth to move instead of suspending their licence every time……. and let public buses owners be penalized their negligence in such situations…. how many people looses employment when doing that….

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  7. But ba late sata was saying when I come into power ba ratsa kuya bebele and there was jubilant from all psv drivers and there transporters. Is there no Moses in government who can redeem many people in transport sector from this opportunist ratsa. Government pls know that none in transport likes this people

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