Bus drivers warned


PUBLIC bus drivers in Lusaka need to be more cautious when driving their buses to avoid accidents, Public Private Drivers Association of Zambia (PPDAZ) president Josiah Majuru has advised.

On Monday, a woman in her 40s was hit by a Toyota Hiace mini bus and died on spot in Kulima Tower bus station.

The accident happened when the woman was trying to catch  a bus from the station and was knocked down by a mini bus which was leaving the station.

But Mr. Majuru advised the bus drivers in the city to be more careful on the roads to safeguard lives.

He observed that some public bus drivers in the city especially at bus stations were driving without care for pedestrians who also use the roads. “It’s a known fact that there are some drivers in Lusaka who want to be overzealous on the road and in the process they end up killing people. But they need to be careful, especially in places where there are a lot of people,” he said.

Mr. Majuru further urged public bus drivers to ensure that they adhered to all traffic rules.

He noted that it was sad that some drivers did not take traffic rules seriously.

“Am appealing to all our drivers to please observe the necessary traffic rules, these rules are there for a purpose which is to protect lives. But it’s like some drivers do not want to follow the rules, which is very unfortunate,” he said.

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One Response to “Bus drivers warned”

  1. CITIZEN says:

    A woman is dead in curcumstances which were completely AVOIDABLE. Just what price /value do we put on human life? Indeed some minibus drivers cruse right inside the heavily populated Kulima Tower Bus station at the risk of committing such dangerous accidents!

    If all drivers were responsible we would not be witnessing such accidents so offten. How do we ensure we are all safe from these young irresponsible bus drivers? I suggest three things:
    (i) A higher age limit
    (ii) A minimum of Grade 9/12 education level
    (iii)A permanemnt check point by RATSA to ascertain that the driver is lisenced and sober.
    I also urger the Pedestrian Association to take matters of traffic accidents seriously without leaving thenm to already overburdened police Officer. The association should go beyond watching and complaining,; it must be more proactive and even have seek laws to empower them to prosecute offenders. Let us move forward to make our roads safer!


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