OVER-loading on public transport has become the order of the day in Lusaka and commuters have called on RTSA and police traffic officers to move in quickly to stop the practice.
The people have said the rate at which some bus drivers overloaded their buses was alarming, without realizing that they were putting the lives of passengers in danger.
But Zambia Police assistant superintendent in charge of road traffic awareness, Yoram Phiri, said the police was geared and ready to bring all the culprits of overloading to book without fail.
Mr. Phiri said the police and RTSA were working hand in hand to ensure that overloading was stamped out.
‘’We will not tolerate any overloading on the roads , whether its people going to funerals, weddings and most importantly the political cadres who think they own the roads and they can get away with it; we will be on them,’’ said Mr. Phiri.
He said all drivers found to have overloaded their vehicles would be answerable to the law for endangering the lives of the passengers and also other road users.
Commuters have complained that the drivers did not think of passengers as human beings who should be properly handled.
Mr Chiluba Nkole a resident of Chalala said it was saddening that the bus drivers were not concerned about the well-being and safety of their passengers but instead were only concerned about making more money.
‘’These bus drivers only think about the money and are not at all concerned about the lives of the people they are carrying,’’ he said.
Ms Jessica Nkhoma a resident of Chilenje said passengers should be concerned about their own lives and report overloading to relevant authorities instead of keeping quiet.
She said passengers should not allow bus drivers to overload because they were risking their lives.
Ms Nkhoma said that it was also the responsibility of passengers to ensure that they were driven to their various destinations with respect and as people who were paying for a service.
-Millennium Radio 90.5FM