RTSA embarks on ‘safe corridor’ campaign


THE Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has embarked on a countrywide road assessment programme as a means of reducing road accidents.
RTSA Board chairperson Webster Nonde said the programme dubbed ‘safe corridor stretching’ was centered on the Great North Road between Kapiri and Ndola, where road carnage is mostly experienced.
Mr Nonde said this when he and a delegation of RTSA board members called on Copperbelt Minister Mwenya Musenge in Ndola yesterday.
“This approach is aimed at identifying black spots on the road so that we can reduce on road carnage,” he said.
Mr Nonde said the Agency prioritised road safety interventions on roads such as traffic patrols to reduce road carnage.
“We are concerned about what is happening on the roads and apart from apprehending those that are spotted for dangerous driving, we are putting in safety interventions such as traffic patrols to ensure that only competent drivers are on roads,” he said.
He urged motorists to reduce on excessive speeding and observe safety precautions to avoid road carnage.
Mr Musenge called on RTSA to regulate and control the weight of traffic on the road to reduce on loss of lives.
“Most of the roads, especially on check points are damaged due to overloads and if we can manage this problem, we would see a reduction in road accidents,” he said.
The minister also appealed to RTSA to address the process of issuing driver’s licenses as members of the public were complaining that the procedure is unfriendly.