The Passenger Pedestrian and Cyclist Association of Zambia (PAPECA) is saddened by some transporters who are failing to compensate victims of road traffic accidents, says its president Lawrence Kaoma.
Mr Kaoma said some transporters were not cooperative when their buses were involved in accidents by ensuring that victims were fully compensated.
Mr Kaoma said government should come up with measures to compel all transporters whether or not their buses were registered in Zambia to compensate victims of road traffic accidents.
He said government should take up the role of making sure that bus owners fully insured their buses so that victims were compensated on time.
And Mr Kaoma appealed to government to announce the new board of Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) which would in turn look into the issues of victim compensation.
“We are appealing to government to announce the board of RTSA which should help sort out all these issues. The law states that RTSA should be governed by a board. There are a lot of accidents and road matters that needed to be attended to quickly by the board.
“We are having problems with transporters that are not willing to compensate accident victims injured or killed in or outside Zambia. We expect these victims to be handsomely compensated regardless where they are,” he said.
Mr Kaoma said his organisation would soon be following up on transporters that had swindled accident victims of their compensation because their vehicles were fully covered by insurance.
He said PAPECA would embark on a sensitization mission to help the general public know that any accident victim using public transport was entitled to compensation.
The government must play a very big role by making sure that bus owners fully insured their buses so that in case of accidents victims were compensated on time.
He said government must quickly announce the board at RTSA which has been absent since the PF came in to office.