Police, RTSA accused of promoting lawlessness

TRUCKERS  continue  to break  road traffic  rules unabated as they offload and load  timber  on the Lumumba Road next to Buseko market, endangering the lives of other motorists and pedestrians despite the police and Road  Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) promising to end the vice.

Police spokesperson Charity Munganga and RTSA public relations officer Freddie Mubanga made the promise two weeks ago.

According to the Road Traffic Act no. 11 of 2002, the truckers are committing an offence which, upon conviction, are liable to a fine of K300.

Motorists and pedestrians say they are disappointed with the inertia exhibited by both RTSA and the police in handling the matter when the law aimed at protecting other road users was clear on those who break it with impunity.

A taxi driver Shadrack Silwamba accused RTSA and the Lusaka police traffic officers of encouraging lawlessness by failing to live by their promise to end the vice which has the potential to cause fatal accidents.

He said the role of the two institutions was to prevent accidents and not to encourage them.

“There is something the police and RTSA are hiding in failing to solve the problem when the Road Traffic Act empowers them. It is the responsibility of the two institutions to deal with traffic offences and not the Lusaka City Council and I agree with the city council public relations manager for insisting that wrong parking by truckers is the responsibility of the police and RTSA.

‘‘Why have the police and RTSA become powerless when it comes to the truckers? But they are quick to arrest and charge the mini bus and taxi drivers. This is not fair,” Mr Silwamba said.

A Lusaka pedestrian Kabila said it was the responsibility of Lusaka traffic police to control accidents in that part of the city and they should not lay the blame on the council.

But RTSA public relations officer Mubanga continued to blame Lusaka City Council for allowing the trucks to load and off-load on Lumumba Road.

Meanwhile, Mr Mulunda has blamed both traffic police and RTSA for failure to cage the notorious truckers.


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