RTSA consults on drivers’ minimum age

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The Road Traffic and Safety Agency  (RTSA) will conduct countrywide stakeholders’ consultative meeting in order to obtain consensus on the preferred age, specifically that of the public service vehicle(PSV) drivers.

RTSA Senior Public Relations Manager Fredrick Mubanga said this is an effort to promote a safe and efficient road transport system for all road users countrywide through stakeholder participation, education, regulation and traffic law enforcement.

Mr. Mubanga said in a statement to ZANIS in Lusaka today that government has since received several submissions from members of the general public on the prescribed age of drivers.

He said RTSA has the mandate and responsibility under the Road Traffic Act number 11 of 2002 to enhance law enforcement and consequently reduce road traffic accidents in the country.

He said this is done through its functions that entail registration and licensing of drivers and motor vehicles and the management and regulation road traffic.

Mr. Mubanga said in accordance with section 64 of the Road Traffic Act number 11 of 2012, the age of a driver of an auto cycle or invalid carriage is 16 years.

He added that public service drivers’ licence for passenger vehicles or minibuses not for private use is 25 years plus two years driving experience.

Mr. Mubanga added that construction vehicles, goods vehicles or articulated vehicles is 18 years while any motor vehicle not specified is 18 years in this section.