ZRST urges candidates to come up with a road policy

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The Zambia Road Safety Trust (ZRST) has challenged all candidates for the January 20 presidential election to come up with the road policy that will protect every road user.

ZRST board chairman Daniel Mwaba said the trust was concerned that no presidential candidate has so far committed to the policy of reducing road traffic accidents in the country.

Mr. Mwaba said candidates should set out their actions of reducing road accidents saying the ultimate responsibility will lie with the new president and his government.

He said the trust was concerned with the unprecedented killings of road users through road crashes which to a large extent have continued to go unchallenged.

He said the new road transport policy should take into account the current increase in vehicle accidents and the new roads.

Mr. Mwaba further said the new road transport policy should include a strong focus on improving the safety of people on foot and bicycles in order to enable more people walk and cycle in safety.

He said the current road policy has failed to provide a robust long term vision as it lacks a realistic and an ambition national road casualty reduction targets.

This is contained in an open letter addressed to all the presidential candidates and made available to ZANIS in Lusaka today.