RTSA impounds bus for using Mazhandu trailer

THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has impounded a bus belonging to Unlimited Gift Limited (UGL) for abrogating a ban imposed on Mazhandu Family Bus Services.
The bus was pulling a trailer belonging to the suspended bus operator.
RTSA last week suspended the road service licence for Mazhandu following a spate of crashes resulting in deaths with the recent one killing 10 people on the Great North road.
The company has, however, appealed against the suspension.
RTSA head of public relations Frederick Mubanga said in a statement the UGL bus with registration number BAB 7084, from Lusaka to Johannesburg, South Africa, was impounded yesterday.
It was pulling a trailer registration number AEB 675 T which belongs to Mazhandu Family Bus Services.
Mr Mubanga said buses and trailers registered under Mazhandu Family Bus Services remained suspended.
“We would also like to assure members of the public that the suspension is still in effect and we shall not allow Mazhandu Family Bus Services to operate directly or indirectly,” Mr Mubanga said.
He said UGL is an independent company with its own operator’s licence.
He, however, said UGL is not allowed to use a motor vehicle or trailer without a road service licence.
“Therefore, the UGL has violated the terms and conditions under which their operator’s licence was issued by using a trailer that is not under their road service licence.
“The agency will act according to the provisions of the law,” he said.
Pictures of the UGL bus and trailer branded in the blue- and-white Mazhandu Family Bus colours, went viral on social media with most citizens mistakenly believing that the transport firm was back on the road barely three days after the suspension of its service licence.

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