Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s directive to have public transport without seat belts removed from roads to safeguard passengers’ lives was on Thursday hailed by a road safety advocacy body.
On Wednesday, the Zambian leader directed his minister in charge of transport and communications to remove all public transport vehicles without seat belts from roads and to enforce a law that bans people from traveling at the back of vans and trucks following increased road traffic accidents.
Daniel Mwamba, chairperson of the Zambia Road Safety Trust, said the organization was encouraged by the Zambian leader’s positive intervention to save lives on the country’s roads.
“The president is rightly recognizing Zambia’s road safety challenges and the ‘unacceptable’ number of deaths on our roads, so we broadly welcome his intervention,” he said.
He however the move was not enough to make the roads safer for the traveling public and called for strict enforcement of the ban.
He further called for concerted efforts from all stakeholders to ensure zero road deaths. Enditem