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Stick to traffic rules – RTSA

HENRY SINYANGWE, Lusaka
THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has advised motorists to adhere to traffic regulations to avoid loss of life.
Commenting on the road traffic accident in which 27 people died and 56 sustained injuries in Mbala, RTSA chief executive officer Zindaba Soko said yesterday that investigations have revealed that the driver of the Fuso Truck registration number ACX 5816, allegedly flouted traffic rules because his vehicle was overloaded with 98 people and was also laden with cargo.
“The accident was as a result of failure to observe traffic rules. The truck was carrying 98 people and goods, which is 100 percent above normal,” Mr Soko said.
He is concerned that RTSA does not have capacity to have presence in all parts of the country to effectively enforce traffic rules and regulations.
“We are unable to reach all areas, especially the rural [ones] because we are incapacitated,” Mr Soko said.
He said it is important to strengthen transport systems in rural areas so that commuters are not forced to use light trucks for travel.
“With the Link Zambia 8000 road project, we feel that transport will improve in rural areas so that we can avoid preventable accidents,” Mr Soko said.
Police spokesperson Charity Chanda said in a statement yesterday that initial investigations indicate that the driver of the truck allegedly lost control due to overspeeding.
And Lusaka Province commissioner of police Lemmy Kajoba said one person died on the spot while four others were injured after a Mitsubishi Canter light truck in which they were travelling overturned at Mwandakamo stream on the Great East Road on Saturday.
He said the track was ferrying 19 carcasses from Petauke to Lusaka.
Mr Kajoba did not, however, have the name of the deceased and the details of those admitted to Mpashya Hospital.

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