TRAF­FIC PO­LICE IRK BUS OP­ER­A­TOR

Daily Nation Newspaper - - HOME NEWS - By NA­TION RE­PORTER

TRAF­FIC po­lice should stop chas­ing of­fend­ers, es­pe­cially bus driv­ers, says a con­cerned bus op­er­a­tor, Howard Lu­toba. In an ap­par­ent ref­er­ence to re­cent con­cerns by Lusaka Prov­ince Min­is­ter Bow­man Lusambo over an al­leged il­le­gal road block mounted by traf­fic po­lice on Lusaka’s Mungwi road, Mr Lu­toba said the role of traf­fic po­lice was to cau­tion, ad­vise and ed­u­cate mo­torists on is­sues re­gard­ing road traf­fic. “As a trans­porter I’m shocked to find over 13 road blocks in the South­ern route, 16 in Mumbwa and quite a num­ber on other routes. Po­lice should in­ter­act with mo­torists on the rules of the road un­like the trend of chas­ing them which in most cases causes ac­ci­dents. This is like a Tom and Jerry af­fair es­pe­cially re­gard­ing bus driv­ers,” com­plained Mr Lu­toba. Mr Lu­toba added: “That’s why there is a data base at the Road Trans­port and Safety Agency (RTSA), so there is no rea­son why traf­fic po­lice should race with bus driv­ers”. Re­cently four traf­fic Po­lice of­fi­cers in Lusaka were busted while mount­ing an il­le­gal road­block along Mungwi road where they re­port­edly col­lected over K2, 200 from mo­torists il­le­gally. The po­lice of­fi­cers who had mounted an il­le­gal road block where busted by Lusaka Prov­ince Min­is­ter Bow­man Lusambo as he con­ducted his tours. The of­fi­cers were caught un­awares as they mounted a road block usu­ing an un­reg­is­tered ve­hi­cle. And the Lusaka prov­ince min­is­ter who was vis­i­bly dis­ap­pointed by the con­duct of the of­fi­cers vowed to get rid of the bad eggs among civil ser­vants in the prov­ince.

‘‘Po­lice should in­ter­act with mo­torists on the rules of the road un­like the trend of chas­ing them which in most cases causes ac­ci­dents.’’

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