The Road Transport and Safety Agency has granted a partial re-instatement of the Road Service Licence (RSL) for Mazhandu Family Bus Services.
RTSA Spokesman Fred Mubanga said the partial re-instatement of the RSL is with effect from Monday, 19th June, 2017.
The partial re-instatement of the operator’s Licence has been arrived at after Mazhandu Family Bus Services met part of the agreed actions from the Consent Judgement.
Mr Mubanga said the partial re-instatement of the Road Service Licence is only in respect of the fourteen (14) buses that have so far passed the roadworthiness inspection tests and installed with the Global Positioning System (GPS) and as well as the nineteen drivers who have passed the driving re-tests.
“Thus, the company will not be permitted to use any vehicle or driver that is not authorized. The RTSA has also notified Mazhandu Family Bus Services that their RSL will be revoked should they be found using an unauthorized vehicle or driver on the road,” Mr Mubanga said.
“Further, the Agency has advised the company to change the policy on the reporting time for the drivers from 02:00 hours to 04:30 hours in order for the drivers to have adequate rest before starting off on their journeys.”
On 1st February 2017, the RTSA suspended the Road Service Licence for Mazhandu Family Bus Services following a poor road safety record.
On 21st March 2017, the two parties entered into a consent judgement executed by the Road Service Appeal Tribunal as a means of addressing the findings from the accident investigations in relation to the occurrence of the road traffic accident involving Mazhandu Family Bus Services on 30th January 2017 along the Kabwe – Kapiri Mposhi Road.