RTSA urged to intensify road patrols

THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) should intensify road patrols and consider putting up a motor vehicle fitness testing point in the province to help reduce road accidents, Central Province permanent secretary Edwidge Mutale has advised.

And RTSA chief executive officer Zindaba Soko has called for concerted efforts by Government and all stakeholders in the fight to reduce road accidents.

Speaking in Kabwe during the Remembrance Day for road traffic victims, Mrs. Mutale said Central Province was prone to accidents because of the huge traffic it accommodated because of it being a link province.

She stated that the province handled domestic and international transport from Zambia’s neighbours.

This year’s remembrance was commemorated under the theme ‘From remembrance to Action’.

Mrs Mutale called on RTSA to consider putting up a motor vehicle testing centre in Kapiri Mposhi because the town handled all traffic between Copperbelt and Lusaka provinces and incoming and outgoing vehicles to the border of other countries in the Great Lakes region. She however called on road users to be careful on the roads and avoid substance abuse while driving.

Mrs Mutale particularly expressed displeasure at inexperienced and underage drivers who she said were many on the roads today.

And Mr. Soko said his organization was determined to achieve the global goal of reducing road carnage by 50 percent by the year 2020.

He however said for this goal to be achieved, there should be a strong partnership among stakeholders. In a speech read on his behalf by Central Province regional senior road traffic inspector Misheck Lungu, Mr. Soko said the global plan focused on the big risks including overspeeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, ill attention while using mobile devices, and failing to use seat belts, helmets and child restraints.

The day of remembrance was initiated by Road Peace in 1993 and adopted by the United Nations in 2005.

In Zambia, the day was first commemorated in 2012 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Lusaka.