THE police have been asked to look into the issue of unlicensed bus drivers operating in various stations in the capital city, according to residents of Mtendere and Kalingalinga.
The residents said that it was of major concern that people without driver’s licences were given buses to drive, thereby putting the lives of passengers in great danger.
They said that traffic police and RTSA should get involved in the issue and ensure that drivers with the responsibility of ferrying people were licensed and did not pose a danger to the unsuspecting public. Mr Innocent Chibwe of the same compound said most of the drivers operating in the area were unlicensed.
Mr. Chibwe claimed that anyone in the station could be given a bus to drive because the bus owners’ only concern was making money and not the lives of people they were carrying.
“These people do not care about the people they carry and that is why anyone can drive; they are more concerned about the money than the lives of the people.
“The authorities are not doing enough to keep these unlicensed drivers from putting the lives of innocent people in danger just because they want to make some money,’’ said Mr. Chibwe.
Another resident of Kalingalinga, Gertrude Longwe, said the owners of the buses should ensure that they employed licenced drivers.
Ms. Longwe said apart from the police and RTSA, bus owners should also play a role in ensuring that they do not have unlicensed drivers driving their buses.
She said bus owners should not just hire people who could drive and take care of their buses but they should also think about the lives of people they carry. Ms. Longwe said that it was common practice for licenced drivers to give buses to their conductors while they remained in bus stations to drink beer.
‘’The drivers just stay behind or go drinking in the nearest bars and they just give their buses to anyone they think is capable of driving even if they know that the person they are giving the vehicle to is not qualified,’’ she said.
She said that there was need for police to stiffen the law against people caught driving without licences. – Millennium Radio 90.5FM