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Deadline stays – RTSA

By MOSES MULENGA
THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) says it will not extend the deadline for bus and taxi operators to affix ribbons on public service vehicles.
RTSA senior public relations manager Frederick Mubanga said in an interview in Lusaka yesterday that the August 31, 2014 deadline for bus and taxi operators to affix 10 centimetre diameter ribbons on their vehicles still stands.
“The law is already in effect and RTSA cannot extend the deadline for the fixing of ribbons on public service vehicles because operators were given enough time to migrate from the old colour code to the new one.
“We are only acting in line with the provisions of the law under the Statutory Instrument number 63 of 2013 that all public service vehicle operators must change from the old to the current colour code after a period of one year,” Mr Mubanga said.
He also said according to the Road Traffic Act number 11 of 2002, one must be 25 years of age to be issued with a public service vehicle drivers’ licence.
He said RTSA has impounded several buses and taxis countrywide because drivers do not possess PSV driver’s licences
He appealed to people to follow procedure when acquiring drivers’ licences instead of using illegal means.

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