Pretoria –Wednesday 14th June, 2017
Zambia’s High Commissioner to South Africa His Excellency Mr. Emmanuel Mwamba has encouraged the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) to consider setting up a Road Fund for road traffic accident victims
Mr Mwamba, says the establishment of the Road Traffic accident Compensation Fund will ensure that accident victims were adequately compensated in Zambia
Mr. Mwamba, who was speaking at the Zambian High Commission in Pretoria, South Africa when a delegation of Zambian officials from the Road Transport and Safety Agency and Zambia Law Development Commission paid a courtesy call on him said Zambia, should study the South African road safety and management system as it was impressive
He observed that South Africa had established a separate road fund system to compensate road accident victims and that there was urgent need for Zambia to emulate the system following the increase in the number of road accident victims that the country was experiencing
Mr. Mwamba further urged the Road Transport and Safety Agency to ensure that the designs of new roads had emergency lanes among other safety features as was the case with the South African roads.
He said effective study of the South African road management and safety system presented an opportunity to Zambia to ensure that road accident victims were adequately compensated
And delegation leader of the Review of the Road Transport Legal Institutional and Policy Framework, Samuel Nyirongo said the review of Road Transport and Safety in Zambia has become necessary following the increased number of accidents the country was experiencing
He said once legislation concerning road safety and management were harmonised, enforcement agencies would become more effective and relevant to the changing needs of society.
Mrs Naomi Nyawali
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