By Nation Reporter
MOTORISTS who drive defective vehicles will face the wrath of Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) because the agency is determined to reduce fatalities by 50 percent by 2020, says acting public relations manager Frederick Mubanga.
Mr Mubanga said that only roadworthy vehicles would be allowed on the roads in an effort to reduce road traffic accidents.
He warned motorists driving vehicles with defective headlamps, single headlamps and poor lighting system that RTSA would take action against them because they were a danger to other roads users, especially in the night.
“It is not only mini buses we are talking about but all vehicles need to have proper headlamps and lighting systems that will be visible to cyclists, fellow drivers and pedestrians and in the process reduce fatalities on our roads.
“As an agency we are sending out a strong warning to all motorists driving defective vehicles that it is an offence to do so and they will be brought to book,” he said.
Mr Mubanga said that the agency was pleased with the reduction of road accidents during the Easter period and attributed it to the collaborative efforts between the agency and the traffic police, adding that efforts would now be extended to all 10 provinces and on major highways.
He explained collaborative efforts yielded positive results and appealed to the public to report any defective vehicles on the road through its toll free number 983.
Mr Mubanga said that the agency was determined to bring sanity on the roads to reduce road accidents to almost zero percent.
He said RTSA would continue to sensitise motorists and the public on the importance of road safety.
Mr Mubanga said 21 road accidents were recorded during this year’s Easter holidays compared to 49 last year, representing a 57 percent reduction.