THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) will soon set up a fast-track court in Livingstone to deal with traffic offences.
RTSA chief executive officer Zindaba Soko said it is important to regulate the conduct of motorists in Livingstone due to an increase in the number of vehicles.
Mr Soko said Livingstone has many public service vehicles which should be regulated to curb traffic offences.
He said this in Livingstone on Monday after an assessment tour of the Livingstone Magistrate’s Court.
Mr Soko said fast-track courts are the most effective way of curbing traffic offences.
“We can see how other bad vices other than traffic offences have reduced through the fast-track courts, definitely it is an effective tool that RTSA is using to curb traffic offences,” Mr Soko said.
He said the launch of fast-track courts in September last year has helped to change the attitude of motorists in Lusaka and this is why RTSA intends to rollout the initiative to the rest of the country.
Mr Soko said RTSA will set up fast-track courts in Livingstone, Kitwe, Ndola, Kabwe, and Chipata by the end of the year.
He appealed to motorists not to perceive fast-track courts as punishment but should be considered as tools attitude change on the roads.
“We don’t want to delay traffic cases because justice delayed is justice denied. The onus is upon road users, they should take life as something that is precious because it is a gift from God and we should not just lose lives or get people injured when it can be prevented,” Mr Soko said.
And Judiciary chief administrator Audwin Dzikamunenga said the judiciary will dedicate a courtroom at the Livingstone Magistrate’s Court to preside over traffic offences on a daily basis in the afternoon.
Zambia Daily Mail