THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has summoned Power Tools Bus Services to show cause within seven (07) days why their road service licence should not be suspended or revoked for defying the provisions of Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 76 of 2016 which restricts the movement of Public Service Vehicles (PSV) at night, and thereby posing serious danger to the travelling public.
RTSA Head of Public Relations Frederick Mubanga has told Mwebantu in a statement that In a letter dated 10th January 2019 addressed to the Director of Power Tools Bus services, the RTSA have observe that the latter action by the operator is tantamount to violating the conditions upon which the operator’s licence was granted in accordance with section 108 (16) of the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002.
This comes in a wake of a road traffic crash on 28th December, 2018 around 04:22 hours, involving a power Tools bus registration number ALD 1807 were one person died and five injured. The crash occurred along the Kapiri Mposhi – Ndola road, 20 kilometers from Ndola at Rainbow area.
He added that, “Accident investigations conducted by the RTSA have revealed that the cause of the accident was dangerous driving on the part of the driver Taylos Musonda who failed to notice a stationary vehicle on the road and ended up hitting into it despite a warning device (triangle) having been mounted to warn oncoming traffic of a breakdown ahead.”
It was further established that the accident occurred around 04:22 hours when the bus should have been parked in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 76 of 2016 on restriction on night driving for PSVs between 21:00 hours to 05:00 hours.
The RTSA is evoking Section 108(16) of the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002 that empowers the Agency to revoke, suspend or vary the terms of a RSL if the conditions subject to which it was granted are not being complied with.
Further, the RTSA is worried with the deteriorating road safety record for Power Tools bus services which recorded two (02) road crashes in a space of three days, between 28th and 31st December, 2018 in which four (04) people died.
Three people die in road traffic accident along the Great East Road
THREE people have died while others are battling for their lives in Nyimba district after a truck they were in failed in its uphill climb, veering of the road and overturning in the process.
The accident happened in Nyalungwe area, 70 kilometers from Nyimba town, on Great East Road and involved was a truck that was carrying fertilizer from Beria in Mozambique to Lusaka. The truck failed to ascend and rolled back before falling into a ditch.
Eastern Province Police Commissioner Lackson Sakala said yesterday that two female and a driver died on the spot.
“The truck belongs to Lift and Shift Trucking Zambia Limited of Lusaka and the accident happened 70 kilometers from Nyimba Boma,” he said.
Mr. Sakala who did disclose the names of the deceased, said the bodies were in Nyimba District Hospital mortuary while the two others passengers who were seriously injured, were admitted to the same hospital.
(Story : Times of Zambia, Picture by Tamara Nyirenda)
The Lion that escaped from Munda Wanga Captured
Five passengers sustain injuries in a road traffic accident near ZNS Makeni along the Kafue Road, police say
FIVE (05) passengers have sustained minor injuries while their driver escaped unhurt after a Toyota Gravia they were traveling on overturned near ZNS Makeni along the Kafue Road.
And Police Spokesperson Esther Katongo says contrary to what is circulating on social media that the vehicle flipped on a newly constructed Fly – over Bridge in Makeni, the accident near ZNS – Garrisons, away from the bridge, yesterday around 19:30 hours.
Katongo said the accident happened when driver of the Toyota Gravia registration ALR 965, Mulenga Mwape of Chilanga Parkland, lost control of the motor vehicle due to excessive speed and in the process went to hit into a traffic sign post and the motor vehicle later over turned.
Katongo said during the process of overturning, the vehicle subsequently hit into the flight liner motor vehicle registration number AEG 1154 which was being driven by Tapera Brian, a Zimbabwean national aged 36 years old.
And Katongo said the driver of the Toyota Gravia survived unhurt while five passengers sustained minor injuries.