Reduce age limit for
Bus drivers have welcomed proposals by the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to reduce the age restriction for Passenger Service Vehicle license from 25 years to 21 years.
Public and Private Drivers Association of Zambia (PPDAZ) president Josiah Majuru said the decision would allow young people get jobs in the transport sector.
Mr Majuru said it was about time that such changes were implemented in order to allow for more people to get jobs lawfully in the sector unlike the prevailing situation.
“We have a lot of unlicensed drivers especially on local routes that cannot get licences but were driving passenger vehicles to make money for themselves and their families.
‘‘And that has contributed to rampant illegalities on the streets including the contravent of traffic regulations across the country,” he said.
He explained that some of the young people were responsible men who have joined the transport sector to provide for their families and the adjustment by RTSA would give them an opportunity to work without inconveniences.
He has since appealed to the drivers to cooperate with the licensing body by following laid down processes in acquiring legal documents and avoid getting on the wrong side of the law.
Earlier in the week, RTSA announced that the report proposing the adjustment of the age for applicants for a PSV licence would soon be submitted to the Ministry of Transport and Communication for consideration.
NB: It has come to our attention that JOSIAH MAJURU is not the president of the Bus Drivers and Taxis Association of Zambia as referred to in our yesterday’s publication, but of the Public and Private Drivers Association of Zambia.-Editor