ALVIN CHIINGA, Lusaka
THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has suspended the road service licence for Kapena Bus Company for allegedly violating the conditions of its operator’s licence.
One of the company’s buses was involved in an accident last month in Luangwa district in which 17 people were killed and several others injured.
RTSA head of public relations Frederick Mubanga said in a statement yesterday Kapena Bus Company had 24 hours in which to stop operations and ensure that none of its buses is on the road.
“Findings from the investigations into the Luangwa accident involving a Kapena bus registration number ABP 6303 have proved that the operator neglected or failed to ensure that the bus in question was fit to be used to carry passengers after the change of the brakes was done,” RTSA director and chief executive officer Zindaba Soko had earlier said in a letter to Kapena Transport Services.
Mr Mubanga said the accident was caused by the re-adjustment of the brakes by the bus crew after they started binding.
He said preliminary investigations also indicate that the bus crew was seen under the bus, possibly re-adjusting the brakes to reduce the brake binding.
Mr Mubanga said it was also established that the driver and the operator allegedly defied the provisions of Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 76 of 2016, which restricts the movement of public service vehicles at night.
He said the road service licence will only be restored after conditions of the agency set to address the findings of investigations are met.
On May 23, 2017, a Kapena Bus Company bus operating under road service licence No. 163140 was involved in an accident killing 17 people and leaving several injured around 21:00 hours a few kilometres before the Luangwa Bridge.