Bus operators bemoan high fines for traffic offences


WE are already feeling the impacts on the increment of fees and fines, and are appealing to Government to revisit both RTSA and Police fines, Public Vehicle Operators (PSV) chairperson Ishmael Kankara has said.

Mr Kankara said motorist especially bus operators were already struggling with the previous fines and that the recent increase of the fines and penalties for traffic offences was making the operation of the drivers difficult.

He said government should revise the fines downwards so that they could be more affordable for people, adding that this would encourage many Zambians to pay after committing traffic offences..

“If we want more complaints and more for the government coffers and if the fines are reasonable, most of the people will be encouraged to pay,” he said. I have said it several times that the higher you keep the fines the more corruption you bring,” he continued.

Mr Kankara added that the country could not be expected to develop if initiatives being put in place did not receive support from the people.

He also said that in as much the move was appreciated as it would guarantee safety on the roads, increasing prices was not the solution.

Mr Kankara also said that the Road transport and Safety agency (RTSA) made doing business in the country expensive by its expensive tariff charges.

“With RTSA, the cost of doing business in the country is expensive. Their tariffs and licencing amounts are very expensive especially for a poor common man. This should also be looked into,” he said.

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