By Nation Reporter
A PLAN by government to introduce a statutory instrument (SI) to compel organizations to manage their operations in relation to road safety is a welcome move, says Zambia Road Safety Trust(ZRST) executive director Daniel Mwamba.
Mr Mwamba said implementing appropriate road risk management systems could bring huge benefits on Zambia’s roads.
He said ZRST welcomed government plan for an SI to force organisations manage their work in relation to road safety because of the huge benefits that would come with it.
Mr Mwamba also said ZRST was not surprised that the findings by RTSA about the driver of Hillcrest National Technical High who caused a road traffic accident in which 7 pupils and a teacher died last week intoxicated.
He said the investigations validated the previous campaigns and research that most organizations in Zambia neglected and left their road safety responsibilities to individual drivers.
“Over 2100 people were killed in Zambia in 2015, effective management of work-related road safety helps reduce risk, no matter what size the organisation is and could reduce this road toll, he said.
According to RTSA‘s Preliminary investigations conducted revealed that the driver Joseph Kafwimbi Mwape was driving under the influence of alcohol contrally to section 157 of the Road Traffic Act Number 11 of the Laws of Zambia.
The blood and urine alcohol analysis further revealed that the driver’s blood contained 370 milligrams of alcohol while the urine contained 400 milligrams of alcohol indicating a minimum consumption of about 12 bottles of beer or 345 milligrams of spirit.
The Agency was at pains to understand why the school authorities could have allowed such a driver to be in charge of the bus and thereby compromising the safety of the pupils.
Mr Mwamba however said that ZRST in partnership with the Ministry of Transport and Communications would be hosting the first ever conference on work related to road safety next month.