RTSA warns public service vehicle operators

The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has ruled out the possibility of extending the grace period given to public service vehicle operators to comply with statutory instrument number 63 by painting or fixing a 10 centimeter diameter reflective ribbon on their vehicles before the 31st august, 2014 deadline.

And the agency has also appealed to public service vehicle operators to comply with the statutory instrument no. 39 of 2013 of the road traffic act no. 11 of 2002 which took effect on 31st august, 2013.

RTSA Information Officer Fredrick Mubanga has told QFM news in an interview that the new regulation aims at addressing the concern of pirate taxis or vehicles that are being used for the conveyance of passengers on hire without being licensed.

Mr. Mubanga says the agency is impressed with the compliance coming from bus operators but that taxi operators are reluctant in fixing the ribbons.

Mr. Mubanga has emphasized that the new color codes for passenger public service vehicles is making it easy for passengers to identify public transport vehicles from private ones, adding that the previous scenario possessed a danger to both passengers and operators as they could easily be hijacked by criminals.

In Lusaka, buses and taxies will now have orange ribbons, with luapula having sky blue, eastern emerald green, while Copperbelt buses and taxies will have copper ribbons.

Central province will have yellow, Northern Province red, north-western silver, Muchinga wispy or lime green, southern purple-amethyst, while western province will have light brown ribbons.

QFM Radio


Leave a Reply to Frederick Mwanza Cancel reply