PARLIAMENT should enact the proposed Road Traffic Amendment Bill so that the country can overcome the current road safety challenges, Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) director Zindaba Soko has said.
He said this when he appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Communications, Transport, Works and Supply.
Mr Soko said the solution to the current operational challenges in promoting road safety was to enhance the legal framework on road safety which could be attained with the enactment of the proposed amendments to the Road Traffic Act.
He said the amendment of the Road Traffic Act no. 11 of 2002 would strengthen road transport and road safety legislation in the country.
Mr Soko said the move would enable the RTSA to operate effectively through the enforcement of road traffic regulations in a more proactive manner.
The Bill calls for mandatory road safety audits, review and authorisations of all road related infrastructure development undertaken by the Road Development Agency and the local authorities.
The Bill also proposes the introduction of an obligatory test certificate for all vehicles.
“The RTSA has recommended that the proposed legislation should be brought before Parliament at the earliest possible time,’’ Mr Soko said.
And the Parliamentary Committee headed by Mbabala constituency MP Ephraim Belemu observed that there was urgent need to pull down and remove all advertising bill boards countrywide that pose a danger to road safety.
The committee felt that the delay in the submission of the Road Traffic (Amendment) Bill to Parliament had an adverse effect on the road safety profile of the country.
The committee was also concerned with the current road safety measures and had advised that stakeholders such as RTSA, the Zambia Police, the Road Development Agency, the local authorities and the ministries responsible should harmonise their road safety operations to ensure that all operational challenges in promoting road safety in the country were addressed immediately.