Kaunda warns mini-bus drivers

Public service vehicle drivers who have not complied with the directive of painting or sticking orange strips on their vehicles will be punished, Transport Deputy Minister Panji Kaunda has warned.

This follows a ministerial statement which announced that all public service vehicles would be required to be painted with an orange strip once a new law changing the colour code was put in place.

Colonel Kaunda said it was disappointing that even after Government directive, some mini-bus owners have not complied. He said those that have not complied are breaking the law and would be dealt with in accordance with the new transport regulation.

Colonel Kaunda explained that Government introduced the straps because of high levels of pirate taxis.

He said operators who own a fleet of more than 30 vehicles were advised to be at liberty to seek exemptions from the Minister of Transport and adopt colours of their choice.

Colonel Kaunda said luxury buses were exempt from the requirement of colour codes.

He said taxis should be fitted with a taxi illuminating lamp and a display of a taxi fleet code.

Colonel Kaunda said the Orange strip should be 10 centimeters across the body of the bus.