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Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Power Tools bus deteriorating safety record is a concern-RTSA

General News Power Tools bus deteriorating safety record is a concern-RTSA

Accident Scene for Power Tools bus crash
Accident Scene for Power Tools bus crash
Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Head of Fredrick Mubanga Public Relations has expressed sadness by the death of four people in Mkushi yesterday morning.

In a statement to the media yesterday afternoon, Mr. Mubanga expressed concern with the deteriorating safety record for Power Tools bus services company following yesterday’ fatal accident on Great North Road, affirming that the accident was avoidable.

Mr. Mubanga noted with regret that the same company recorded a fatal crash in September 2016 were 22 people died in Serenje.

He added that in March this year another bus from the same company was involved in a crash on Lusaka – Kabwe road although there were no fatalities recorded.

Mr. Mubanga has since said accident happened around 06:30 hours along Great North road about 25 kilometres east of Mkushi, when Alex Chapel driving a Power Tools Scania bus ABM 6626 collided with a Tanzanian truck T236BTC.

Mr. Mubanga revealed that both drivers died on the spot and two passengers from the bus, a male and female and all bodies are in Mkushi hospital mortuary whilst 67 passengers who sustained various injuries are being attended to at Mkushi and Kapiri district hospitals.

“The accident happened after the driver of the bus which was coming from the eastern direction decided to drive on the opposite lane after finding out that vehicles had stopped following a broken down bus belonging to CV Transport company had closed one lane”

“The driver of the Power Tools bus carelessly overtook the other vehicles and as a result the bus collided with the truck which was coming from the Western direction”

“As an Agency charged with the responsibility of ensuring road safety, we appeal to Power Tools bus services management to come up with proactive strategies to ensure their fleet abides to all road rules and regulations” Mubanga said

Meanwhile Mr. Mubanga has called on all motorists to exercise maximum patience on the road to avoid such accidents.

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16 COMMENTS

  1. They Are Buildin A Dual Carriageway Elsewhere And An Accident Is Happening Else Where. Why Not Build A Dual Carriageway For T2 From Chirundu To Nakonde? $1.2billion Or $1.5billion Cost Can Be Justified For That Stretch Not The Current Stretch That Lungu Did.

  2. We need to launch a campaign for dual carriage ways for all trunk roads in the country. Politics aside countrymen! Then emotional measures like night travels will be a thing of the past!

  3. RATSA IS SO COMPROMISED, I WONDER WHY THEY ARE EVEN COMMENTING ON THIS ACCIDENT. ACCIDENTS, AND I MEAN SERIOUS ACCIDENTS DUE TO POOR PUBLIC TRANSPORT DRIVERS, ETC, HAVE HAPPENED AND NO BUS COMPANY HAS AHD THEIR OPERATING LICENSES WITHDRAWN. WHEN IT COMES TO TRAINING DIVERS, I ALWAYS SAY THE BRITISH STANDARDS ARE THE HIGHEST IN THE WORLD. IF ZAMBIA COULD COPY THE ACCIDENTS HAPPENING IN ZAMBIA TODAY IN THE ROAD COULD BE CUT TO MORE THAN 90%. BUT THAT MEANS GETTING RID OF THE CORRUPT RATSA, ALSO. IF THIS DOESN’T SOUND GOOD TO YOU ZAMBIANS THEN LET’S ACCEPT THAT IN THE MEANTIME WE WILL BE DYING LIKE FLIES ON OUR ROADS.

  4. Ratsa we are not interested in your compromised stories. We know you are scared of mbachi. Just withdraw his license and save lives. Next accident all passengers will die on spot.

  5. Heard that these chaps have to sacrifice a little blood for their businesses to thrive. How can a sane person overtake so many vehicles unless he’s under a spell.

  6. Distance is too much for the boys instead of resting is biz drinking it is fatigue or stress he is driving and thinking how murch small amount is going to get as a results he stops concert rating on the road iam talking through experience if u want gud drivers pay gud money many driver’s a just tranees

  7. Akaso is 2murch to these transipoters they can’t employ a gud driver coz gud driver always ask fo gud money they go for cheap drivers with no family to take care of what do u expect ratsa go to the roads ask how murch most drivers a getting its gud care to make someone to take care cheaper things are expensive u can replace bus not human folesheni bwino abantu baposeko amano twapapata 1500 yakwa maid

  8. From the look of things one can deduce that there is need for Highway traffic officers on a the roads of Zambia, rather than been stationed in community areas only. So that whenever such a breakdown which happened to CV transport vehicle, Traffic patrol officers would have moved fast to the site to control the flow of traffic. Human beings by nature are not patient, so all the drivers wanted to use the remaining lane to pass through ……the Driver of the bus I am sure was also considering the time limit set by RATSA not to move at night so he wanted to move on so that he can reach the destination on time.
    MTSRIP….

  9. this is the best way, RTSA usually are not interested in breakdowns, they are only interested in drivers and how the fit the vehicle is, not break downs but mostly breakdowns are the many causer of accidents if that bus (CV) was removed from the road this accident would have been avoided,if you start moving from LSK to Ndola you will find alot of break downs, other vehicles even take off the two lanes but they will there for days until the owner repairs the vehicle, so RTSA look at this and find away of monitoring the highway roads to eliminate ACCIDENTS,MTSRIP

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