RTSA ponders GPS

THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) will introduce global positioning systems (GPS) on all public service vehicles to help curb over-speeding that has led to an increase in road traffic accidents, resulting in unnecessary loss of life.

RTSA acting senior public relations officer Fred Mubanga said preliminary investigations into the cause of most PSV vehicle accidents had revealed that over-speeding was the primary source of the mishaps which had resulted in unfortunate loss of life.

He said many drivers had failed to take control of their buses because of high velocity at which they operated their machines, resulting in the accidents, and that introducing monitoring systems could help reduce the speed.

“Our preliminary investigations have revealed that the main problem leading to the cause of all these accidents is the issue of speed management on the part of the drivers as most of them are usually fatigued from working long hours.

“Now RTSA, working together with the Government, is trying to find a way of introducing GPS devices on all public service vehicles (PSV) which will be interlinked to the agency’s central system to help with location and also monitor the speed,” he said.

He explained that the RTSA-recommended speed for PSV vehicles was 100 kilometers per hour, but that most drivers were travelling way beyond the suggested maximum speeds and as a result causing calamities on the roads.

And the transport and safety agency has introduced public education programmes at all major bus stations to empower commuters on their rights to demand that drivers reduce speed during their travels.

Mr Mubanga said RTSA was now putting road safety into the hands of the passengers because “they are the best speed limiters for the buses”.

He said there shall soon be a law to compel buses to display the RTSA toll free lines inside and outside their vehicles so that commuters and other road users may alert the authorities of irregularities on the roads, especially over-speeding.

Meanwhile, RTSA would next week deliver its decision on the Mazhandu Bus Services company whether to revoke the transporter’s licence. Mr Mubanga said the company had already handed in their response to the agency which documents were under consideration, and that a verdict would be made public next week.

“Mazhandu has already responded to our inquiry and RTSA will inform the public on its decision next week,” he said.

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