There is poor cooperation between the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) and the Zambia Police which has affected the development of joint measures to increase road safety awareness programmes in Zambia, says Zambia Police deputy Inspector General (operations) Malcolm Mulenga.
He said there was need for enhanced cooperation between RTSA and Zambia Police to provide precise and reliable road traffic accident statistics.
Mr Mulenga was speaking in his submission to the Parliamentary Select Committee on Government measures to reduce road traffic accidents
“This is failing due to non-establishment of an accidents information system in the Zambia Police Service and RTSA.
‘‘This cooperation is further aggravated by the current poor working relationship between two institutions which is also affecting the development of joint measures to increase road safety,” he said.
Mr Mulenga said RTSA and the Zambia Police Service should strengthen their cooperation on providing precise and reliable statistics on road traffic accidents as well as develop joint road safety measures.
“The value of an accident information system cannot be over- emphasised more than the need to provide a baseline data and monitor progress in reducing road traffic accidents and fatalities,” he said.
Mr Mulenga also said RTSA and the Road Development Agency (RDA) should step up efforts to ensure that local authorities did not allow the erection of bill boards that endangered the safety of road users.
“They should further ensure that dangerous potholes on high ways are quickly attended to. They have a duty to ensure that other service providers such as water and sewerage companies, who have a tendency of digging across well compacted roads, do repair the roads to the accepted standards,” he said.
Mr Mulenga observed that most roads being constructed in heavily populated areas did not meet the standards as they did not have walkways and cycle tracts, thereby endangering the lives of pedestrians.
He said the Ministry of Transport and Communications was charged with the responsibility to ensure that the roads being constructed met the standards set by the Southern Africa Transport and Communication Commission (SATCC).