THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) should take back the mechanised motor vehicle fitting machine currently at Mimosa because it is specifically meant for new vehicles, Commuters Association of Zambia president Aaron Kamuti has said.
Mr Kamuti said the vehicle testing machine which is still at Mimosa driving school should be taken back to RTSA because it was not designed for a driving school.
He said for now Rtsa should continue conducting manual motor inspections fitness which is better and effective and also improving the services to the general public. He said the machine which gobbled K16 million had wrong specifications that had rendered it unusable since its procurement in 2012, adding that the machine sparked uproar among motorists, forcing RTSA to suspend its usage because it failed all the vehicles that passed through it for fitness and other requirements.
“We need to be serious in this regard because we can’t continue losing lives when a powerful machine that can reduce these accidents is lying idle,” he said.
He charged that RTSA has not done enough sensitisation to explain to motorists that they could still use the machine for other tests other than the initial one of analysing carbon emissions, which most vehicles failed.
Mr. Kamuti added that it was sad that Zambia was losing many lives through accidents, yet a machine that could lessen such carnage was being underutilised.
Mr Kamuti has since commended RTSA for not using the machine which could have resulted in a breeding ground for corruption as people would have resorted to bribing officers at RTSA in order to obtain fitness certificates for their vehicles because most of the vehicles were failing to pass the fitness test.