MIKE MUGALA, Lusaka
THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) will before the end of the year implement Global Positioning System (GPS) on all Public Service Vehicles (PSV) to enhance speed monitoring and reduce accidents.
And RTSA has begun the procurement of gadgets which will be used in the implementation of the GPS process.
The GPS gadget will be installed on all PSV cars and conneted to the RTSA control system for the effective monitoring of driver speed on the road.
Speaking in an interview with the Sunday Mail on Thursday, RTSA public relations manager Frederick Mubanga said implementation of the GPS will strengthen the fight against road accidents in the country.
“We have begun the process of procuring GPS devices and it will be implemented before the end of 2017. The system is very advanced and as an agency, we are optimistic that it will reduce accidents and traffic-related deaths,” he said.
Mr Mubanga said the GPS will also reduce irregularities on the part of drivers which contribute to accidents.
He said once installed, the GPS will bring sanity and order in the monitoring of road traffic regulations.
“The GPS is a reliable speed-monitoring device used in many developed countries across the world, and as RTSA, we are confident that reducing accidents is gaining momentum,” Mr Mubanga said.
Meanwhile, Mr Mubanga has confirmed that RTSA has extended its earlier pronouncement of all PSV cars to have seat belts by June to December 2018.
He said the decision was arrived at to allow PSV vehicle owners more time to prepare and adhere to the directive.
Mr Mubanga also urged the general public not to always wait for RTSA to implement road safety regulations but also participate in the process.