By NATION REPORTER
POWER Tools Bus Services is risking its road service licence being suspended if the transport company unlawfully continues moving its buses beyond restricted hours, Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) head of public relations Fredrick Mubanga has warned.
Mr Mubanga said the company had been defying the provisions of Statutory Instrument (SI) No. 76 of 2016 which banned the movement of Public Service Vehicles (PSV) at night.
He said in a statement yesterday that on January 10, 2019, RTSA gave the bus firm a seven-day ultimatum to show cause why its road service licence should not be suspended or revoked for defying the provisions of the SI.
“This was in a wake of a road traffic crash that happened on December 28 last year around 04:22 hours, involving a Power Tools bus registration number ALD 1807 where one person died and five were injured. The crash happened along the Kapiri Mposhi – Ndola road, 20 kilometers south of Ndola at Rainbow area,” he said.
Mr Mubanga said that Power Tools Bus Services, in their submission to the RTSA in a letter dated January 14th 2019, assured the agency of enhancing effective monitoring through the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) to monitor the movement of buses to reduce the rate of violations on the part of the drivers.
He disclosed that the company also put in place a policy banning night driving and all drivers had committed themselves to the ban by appending signatures to adhere to the policy.
He said due to measures Power Tools agreed to implement to stop drivers from driving at night, RATSA decided to caution the bus company.
“RTSA has directed the company to grant the Agency access to the GPS so that the RTSA could constantly monitor the movement of all buses belonging to Power Tools Bus services,” he said.
Mr Mubanga, however, said that the agency was closely monitoring the company’s operations and warned that should any of the drivers be found driving outside the permitted hours or should there be any circumstance relating to the company’s operations that endangers the lives of the travelling public, the agency would not hesitate to suspend the road service licence.