RTSA threatens to ban Power Tools bus services 

By Staff Reporter

THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has threatened to ban a bus transport company, Power Tools for abrogating the law that regulates travel time limits for public operators.

RTSA Head of Public Relations Frederick Mubanga said Power Tools Bus Services should show cause within seven days why their road service licence should not be suspended or revoked for defying the provisions of Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 76 of 2016 which restricts the movement of Public Service Vehicles (PSV) at night, and thereby posing serious danger to the travelling public.

 

He said agency had since written to Power Tools that their behaviour was tantamount to violating the conditions upon which the operator’s licence was granted in accordance with section 108 (16) of the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002.

 

“This comes in a wake of a road traffic crash on 28th December 2018 around 04:22 hours, involving a Power Tools bus registration number ALD 1807 where one person died and five injured. The crash occurred along the Kapiri Mposhi – Ndola road, 20 kilometers from Ndola at Rainbow area,” stated Mubanga.

 

He said it was further established that the accident occurred around 04:22 hours when the bus should have been parked in accordance with Statutory Instrument No. 76 of 2016 on restriction on night driving for PSVs between 21:00 hours to 05:00 hours.

 

“The RTSA is evoking Section 108(16) of the Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002 that empowers the Agency to revoke, suspend or vary the terms of a RSL if the conditions subject to which it was granted are not being complied with,” said Mubanga.