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Zambia Alliance for Youths With Disability (ZAYWD) Secretary-General Frankson Musukwa has called on the government to come up with a law that will allow people living with hearing impairment to acquire a driver’s license.

Mr. Musukwa complained that Zambia is the only country in the region that does allow deaf people to obtain a driver’s license.

He noted that the rights of people with hearing impairment are being discriminated on the road by the Road Traffic and Safety Agency (RTSA) due to the lack of a law that permits them to be on the road.

“Our rights are being trampled on as deaf people, why should we be denied to get a driver’s license.

In other countries, deaf people are allowed to get a license.” He stated.

ZANIS reports that Mr. Musukwa wondered why people with hearing impairment should be denied the right to acquire a driver’s license, adding that no evidence has ever been provided to indicate or prove that a deaf person has been involved in a motor vehicle accident.

“RSTA has no evidence of a deaf person causing a motor vehicle accident, so why deny us licenses.” He said.

Mr. Musukwa added that the association is currently engaging the Ministry of Transport and Communications over the matter, adding that deaf people can also work as taxi drivers if issued with valid driver’s license, in order to earn an honest living.

Mr. Musukwa hoped that the government will come to their aid and resolve the matter amicably.

And when contacted, Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Head of Public Relations Frederick Mubanga explained that the Road Traffic Act No 11 of 2002 does not allow people with hearing impairment to obtain or acquire a driver’s license.

He, however, added that the agency is in the process of amending the Act.

Mr. Mubanga revealed to ZANIS that the agency is currently consulting with stakeholders over the matter.

He disclosed that after consultations, the processed Road Traffic bill will be submitted to the Ministry of Transport and Communications in order for it to be taken to parliament.

Mr. Mubanga hinted that stakeholders have expressed mixed feelings over the matter.

He disclosed that the Road Traffic Bill will be presented to Parliament next year (2020) after consultations are concluded.

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6 COMMENTS

  1. I think they’ll probably make better drivers than some drivers currently on the Zambian roads.
    let them be given the privilege to drive and only revoke that if real stats show they are a danger to themselves and others on the roads. otherwise precluding them from driving based solely on the fact that they’ve hearing impairment is both unconstitutional and inhuman.

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    • What the fuuck am reading here??? I never heard of such styupid law that you can’t drive because you unable to hear loud music in car. Never heard in the 6 countries I have lived.
      I think a person with 1 leg can’t even attempt to go to RTSA to ask for a driver licence, 1 leg???? awe teti.

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  2. DANGER!!
    Whoever suggest this is a Class 1 imbec1le.
    Next he/she will propose allowing the blind to be given a drivers license. Soon after mentally ill /challenged citizens should be allowed to apply for, & given a commercial Pilot’s license.
    First deal with Cholera, & inability to locate owners of 48 houses, rather than hallucinate openly in public imwe ba Macaque!

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  3. I dont agree with this, safety should be taken very seriously. Driving does not only need eyes, you need to use your ears to know what other road users are saying, even what is happening to vehicle itself. Imagine someone is hooting to warn you and you dont hear him or her, or driving a car and it has a knocking sound from the engine and you cant hear, what would happen?

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