THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) says the suspension of the Road Service Licence (RSL) for Mazhandu Family Bus Services is still in effect.
RTSA Head of Public Relations Frederick Mubanga has told Mwebantu that the suspended Mazhandu Road license will only be lifted after the operator meets the conditions which were given by the Agency.
“The agency wishes to clarify that the suspension of the Road Service Licence (RSL) for Mazhandu Family Bus Services is still in effect. The RSL will only be restored subject to the operator meeting the conditions that the Agency has set for the lifting up of the suspension,” Mubanga says.
“The conditions will address the findings from the accident investigations conducted by the RTSA in relation to the occurrence of the road traffic accident involving Mazhandu Family Bus Services on 30th January 2017 along the Kabwe – Kapiri Mposhi Road.”
He says according to the consent judgement entered into by the parties and executed by the Road Service Appeal Tribunal chaired by Honourable Joe Simachila, the Road Service License will only be restored after the Mazhandua Family Bus Services meets the conditions set out by the RTSA.
Munanga has listed the set conditions as
(a) Mazhandu Family Bus Services shall avail all its vehicles to the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) for road worthiness inspection pursuant to Section 126 of the Road Traffic Act No.11 of 2002 on or before the 31st Day of May 2017;and (b) Mazhandu Family Bus Services shall avail all its drivers to the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) for re-test pursuant to Section 68 (1) (c) of the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002 on or before the 31st Day of May 2017.
“The third condition is that Mazhandu Family Bus Services shall implement the Workplace Road Safety Policy of 2017 on or before the 31st Day of May 2017 and which policy is underpinned by the following five (5) factors namely:(i) Driver Management(ii) Vehicle Management(iii) Journey Management (including installation of the Global Positioning System – GPS)(iv) Health and Safety at the workplace; and(v) Organisational Management and monitoring and evaluation,” Mubanga adds.
He says until these conditions are met, the licence for Mazhandu Family Bus Services remains suspended.
“The Agency will closely monitor the road safety performance for Mazhandu Family Buses,” says Mubanga.