The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has expressed concern over non-compliance from motorists regarding the renewal of motor vehicle licenses and road service licenses.
Speaking in an interview in Lusaka, RTSA Public Relations Manager, Frederick Mubanga says only a fraction of motorists and fleet owners have visited the agency to acquire and renew their licenses.
He noted that even after extending the grace period in which to rectify the various problems, very few motorists, have come forward.
He further stressed that the agency will not put a further extension, from the just ended fourteen day ultimatum, adding that offenders of the law will now have to pay the price.
Mr Mubanga has since warned all motorists and fleet owners with expired documentation to have them renewed or risk being prosecuted.
The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) did on December 31st, 2018, give a grace period of 14 days, for all motorists and fleet owners to acquire and renew motor vehicle and trailer licenses, as well as road service licenses for the year 2019.
Meanwhile RTSA in conjunction with the Zambia Police (ZP) has commenced the deployment of Mobile Policing Vehicles (MPV), to help track down overdue speed fines.
Mr Mubanga said this system will be use an automatic number plate recognition technology embedded in the MPVs.
He said offenders will be stopped, charged, and issued with a traffic offence report, as well as a notice of intended prosecution.
Mr Mubanga said the deployment team will also be on the lookout for other offences including expired road tax, drinking and driving, excessive speeding, roadworthy vehicles, unlicensed drivers, uninsured vehicles, using a phone or holding it while driving and failure to wear seat belts.
He described a Mobile Policing vehicle as a fully equipped enforcement vehicle with an inbuilt system that includes a camera unit that detects and captures vehicles on the special interest list.
Mr Mubanga said the MVP’s will also have safety equipment that include cordon equipment and first aid kit for road side emergencies as well as alcohol breathalysers.
He added that the vehicles will also have a communications unit that will include a real time link between the field team, and key contact points such as RTSA control centre, ZP Traffic command and the medical service centres.