Roadwell Mulenga who served as a Controller of Government Transport in Northern and Luapula provinces expressed worry over numerous road accidents which have claimed many innocent citizens’ lives.
Mr Mulenga urged government and concerned organisations to take serious measures in order to save the travelling public from unnecessary deaths.
He accused Roads Transport Safety Authority (RTSA) of issuing drivers licenses dubiously to people who have no adequate skills.
He appealed to government and other stakeholders to screen driving licences seriously failure to which more deaths will continue happening on the Zambian roads.
Mr Mulenga said all concerned government wings which are attached to road life saving agencies to ensure that no unwarranted persons are issued with driver’s licences.
He added that no phones should be allowed to be used whilst driving and no drunken drivers should be tolerated on the roads of the nation.
When contacted for a comment Kasama RTSA District Manager Martin Chanda refuted allegations that driver’s licences are issued dubiously or corruptly to people.
Mr Chanda said all persons who are issued with driver’s licences are examined accordingly and attributed the negative attitudes by some drivers as the cause of serious accidents on the roads.
He added that RTSA has embarked on a serious radio sensitization campaign and road patrols in collaboration with Zambia Police and Road Development Agency officers to reduce road accidents in the province.
Mr Chanda noted that 90 per cent of the accidents are as a result of human error which can be avoided if road users follow the High Way Cord.
He also urged people to report to RTSA or the police any one contravening the High Way Cord rules and regulations.
Mr Chanda disclosed that RTSA is providing free High Way Cord booklets to all members of the public to curb road carnage.