***Orders removal of vehicles that do not have seat belts.
President Edgar Lungu has directed Transport and Communications Minister Mutotwe Kafwaya to remove from the road all public service vehicles without seat belts.
And Lungu has told the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to ensure the law that bans people from travelling at the back of vans and trucks is enforced.
“I have been disheartened, lately, by the spiralling rate of accidents across the country. My firm belief is that accidents only happen due to mechanical and human errors.”
He said, “in the accidents that happened in recent times, I have been informed that they were caused by human error. I am, therefore, directing the minister of transport and communications to review laws relating to traffic offences to deter would-be offenders. I am also directing that public transport vehicles without seat belts for all passengers should be removed from the roads.”
“I further urge the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to enforce the law that bans people from travelling at the back of trucks and vans. I hope these measures will help reduce the number of fatal accidents,” President Lungu said this when he commissioned the rehabilitated 360 kilometre Great East road (Luangwa to Mwami border) today, Wednesday in Chipata, Eastern Province.