By Nation Reporter
THE continued habit of mini buses picking up passengers in the middle of the roads has become a source of concern among motorists and residents.
They said the bad habit was contributing to traffic jams and causing numerous accidents.
They observed that minibus drivers, especially in the evening, broke traffic rules with impunity because there was police to enforce law and order.
Morris Kabangwe, a motorist who regularly used Freedom Way, accused bus drivers of being the causers of heavy traffic congestion in the city centre.
Mr Kabangwe said it had become a nightmare to drive through the central business district particularly in the evening, as bus drivers were ranking and picking passengers in the middle of roads.
“It’s like they have become in charge of the roads that they feel they can do whatever they like. They drive through red traffic lights, close lanes and make abrupt stops or U-turns,
“My major concern is that they are now ranking and picking up passengers from the middle of the road. Which is worrying because this is causing congestion and accidents which can be avoided,” Mr. Kabangwe said.
Another motorist Reuben Siachepa observed that the situation was getting worse as competition for passengers heated up while volume of traffic continued to increase on the road.
Mr. Siachepa called on the Lusaka City Council (LCC)to urgently enlist the services of the Zambia Traffic Police to rid the CBD of traffic chaos on the roads caused by bus drivers.
“It has really become the law of the jungle because the situation keeps getting worse. So it would be nice if the local authorities with the help of the traffic police intervene in this situation; bus drivers have become so uncontrollable,” he said.