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Government is disturbed with the spike in road traffic accidents involving public transport vehicles

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The government is disturbed with the spike in road traffic accidents involving public transport vehicles over the last twenty fours (24) hours.

In a statement issued to the media, Ministry of Transport and Communications, Permanent Secretary, Misheck Lungu lamented that It is regrettable that the country recorded four (04) separated road crashes involving public transport vehicles were nine people died and several others were left injured.

He said the government through the Ministry of Transport and Communications wishes to convey its condolences to the bereaved families and wish the injured a quick recovery.

“As Government, we are concerned with the manner in which public transport drivers are disregarding traffic rules and regulations with impunity, a situation which has resulted in loss of lives of people that could have contributed to the country’s national development,” Engineer Lungu complained.

Engineer Lungu has since reminded Public transport drivers of their obligation to safeguard the lives of the travelling public by not overspending, considering the high level of responsibility they assume as they carry masses on board.

‘While the country is faced with the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic which has affected the operations of many institutions, a situation that has reduced the physical presence of both the Zambia Police and the Road Transport and Safety Agency ( RTSA) to conduct scaled up traffic law enforcement operations on public road, we wish to caution public transport drivers and operators to comply with traffic regulations in a bid to avoid people negligently dying from road accidents which could be avoided,’ he added.

The permanent Secretary has since directed the Road Traffic and Safety Agency (RTSA) to put up modalities to monitor the conduct of public transport drivers on the road amid the COVID-19 pandemic to prevent further loss of lives on the Zambian roads.

He has directed RTSA to invoke the provisions of the Road Traffic Act No.11 of 2002 to reprimand public transport drivers who have become a danger to the safety of other road users on public roads.

14 COMMENTS

  1. I also accept what you are saying Sir. We need to do something to reduce the road accidents on our roads.
    These bus drivers compete with each other especially that they all leave the stations at the same time. We need to have schedules and time for each bus from one station to another station

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  2. This concern is well-founded by government. The RATSA should see this as a directive to do the needful. Our hospitals are already burdened by the Covid-19 crisis and we cannot afford to load unto it road accident victims.

  3. BLAH BLAH BLAH
    THE BLAME SOLELY LIES WITH RTSA AND POLICE
    ALL THE ROAD BLOCKS AND SPEED CHECKS ARE NOT IN THE NAME OF ROAD SAFETY BUT PURELY TO EXTRACT LUNCH MONEY
    I DONT THINK THERE IS ANYONE WHO HASNT BEEN SUNJECTED TO THIS EVIL
    FIND A WAY TO STOP THIS PRACTICE AND LIVES WILL BE SAVED

  4. JACOB ZUMA SENTENCED TO 15 MONTHS IN PRISON.
    You see what happens when you have an independent Judiciary..the law is fair!

  5. When that f00I caused the accident with my range over it hurt me a lot because he put the lives of kids at risk. He accused me of beating him but now I wish I had actually beaten him.

    Tarino wait for the zuma article for you to post your rubbish. Wrong article

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  6. 3 UPND cadres have died in Chama in an RTA. Most accidents are caused by reckless driving. Many drivers don’t understand defensive driving. When MCS increased teachers’ salaries, most them got loans and bought cars for the first time in their lives. That’s the first time many even learnt to drive. So we’ve many unskilled drivers on the road. Perhaps we need to review the Law because most traffic offenses are punishable by a fine which doesn’t seem to be working

  7. This regime is all about ‘we are concerned’, ‘we are committed to’ ‘we are disturbed’, etc; but without real constructive action that solves or mitigates issues. There have been so many factors within the regulation of traffic/enforcement of rules and the nature of the roads themselves that have contributed massively to this state of affairs under this government’s watch. But as in so many other areas, it ends with talk about doing something…. which isn’t done. All you see at govt. ministries and agencies are officials driving very posh vehicles and presumably drawing a lot of allowances during ‘inspection’ sojourns.

  8. All talk and no action. Tomoro the victims will be buried and the accident forgotten. Then it’s business as usual.

  9. Government cannot be disturbed when they are the ones that stole the money to construct better roads. The slippery roads full of potholes are highways to hell

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