Lumumba traffic hazard irks motorists

MOTORISTS using Lumumba road in Lusaka have appealed to the Zambia Police Service to arrest timber traders who load and off-load their merchandise on the road, blocking traffic and threatening the safety of other road users.

The motorists have complained about the deliberate wrong parking by heavy vehicles off loading and loading timber on Lumumba road at Buseko market which has become life threatening to other road users.

A driver Kelvin Chanda said the situation was becoming unbearable because most timber traders were off-loading timber on the road, adding that despite making several appeals to both the police and Road Traffic and Safety Agency (RTSA) no action has been taken.

He accused officers of being inefficient, reactive and unfair in the manner road traffic laws were  enforced in Lusaka.

And Mr Mabvuto Mwanza accused the law enforcers of applying the law selectively to punish minibus drivers while allowing other offenders get away with serious crimes.

A motorist Chibesa Musonda accused the law enforcers of corruption in their dealings with road traffic offenders such as those parking along busy roads to load and offload timber.

He said the practice of loading and offloading of timber on the road by some drivers subjected motorists to unnecessary congestion especially in the morning and was affecting the smooth flow of traffic at peak hours.

Mr. Chanda advised the police to be on the look out each time they were controlling traffic on both the Salima and Sheki Sheki road junctions and see the ‘‘anarchy’’ caused by vehicles which park on the road to load and offload timber.

And Buseko market master Richard Kapulo said those offloading on the road did so at night when everybody had knocked off.

Mr. Kapulo said he was aware of the situation and has since called on the police and RTSA to deal with the culprits.

He said his duty was to deal with market matters and not traffic issues but would address the situation together with his market advisory committee as quickly as possible.

A RTSA officer who did not give his name accused the Lusaka City Council of being responsible for the illegal trading on the roads but promised to carry out what he called ‘‘test assessment’’.

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