Govenment says that the SI 76 which was signed in October last year which restricts the movement of Public Service Vehicles and vehicles in transit between 21:00 hours and 05:00 hours does not apply to Public Service Vehicles on a local route. Transport and Communications Minister Brian Mushimba on October 28th 2016 issued Statutory Instrument (SI) number 76 which restricts the movement of Public Service Vehicles and vehicles in transit between 21:00 hours and 05:00 hours.
In a joint statement issued by Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) Head of Public Relations Frederick Mubanga and Zambia Police Spokesperson Esther Mwaata Katongo, it has been clarified that the Regulation does not apply to Public Service Vehicles on a local route within a local authority area. ” A local route is defined as a route within a local authority area or within a radius of fifty (50) Kilometres from the main post office or the local authority,” reads the statement.
“Therefore, any vehicle within the radius of fifty (50) Kilometres from the main post office or the local authority at 21:00 hours should be allowed to reach the destination.” The two institutions have urged the traveling public to report any drivers or traffic officers contravening the provisions of the regulation through the RTSA toll free line 983 or ZP toll free line 991. Mubanga and Katongo have warned that any person who contravenes the provisions of the SI commits an offence and is liable upon conviction, to a fine not exceeding one thousand penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months, or to both.