THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) is concerned with the increase of persons masquerading as RTSA officers in order to extort money from members of the public, RTSA head of public relations Frederick Mubanga has said.
RTSA has warned that those found impersonating RTSA officers will be prosecuted and that those who use agents to obtain driving licenses will be made to restart the process of driver license examination upon discovery of such dealings.
Mr Mubanga said RTSA has ordered for a re-test of 200 driver license applicants for not following the procedure in obtaining the documents between January and March 2016.
Mr Mubanga said the move by RTSA to re-test some drivers was in accordance with provisions of section 68. (1)) (c) of the Road Traffic Act no.11 of 2002, which states that:
‘’Notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in this Act, the director may—(c) order a fresh driving test by a driving examiner in the case of any holder of a driving licence who appears to the director to be so deficient in driving ability as to be a source of danger to the public, and if the licence holder fails to pass such test, the director shall revoke that person’s licence,’’ he said.
He said as a result the agency has ordered for a re-test of such driver license holders and confiscated their licenses.
Mr Mubanga said driver license cards will only be issued to applicants upon undertaking a fresh driving test.
The agency has urged members of the public to follow the right procedure when accessing services from the RTSA, stating that it has also put in place corrective measures to address such challenges, he said.
Mr Mubanga said the agency was currently implementing a project with the Transparency International Zambia (TIZ) to publicize RTSA services and encourage the public to follow the right procedure when seeking such services.
He said RTSA members of staff were also being trained in integrity and corporate governance so as to deliver RTSA services free of corruption.