Wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Life is precious, Be road smart
The Road Transport and Safety Agency was established under Section 3 of the Road Traffic Act No.11 of 2002. The Road Traffic Act No.11 of 2002 was enacted by the Parliament of Zambia on 31st December 2002.
The Road Traffic Act No. 11 of 2002 repealed the National Road Safety Council Act CAP 471 of the Laws of Zambia and parts V to XIV of the Road and Road Traffic Act CAP 464 of the laws of Zambia. The Road Traffic Act vested all the affairs of the National Road safety Council created by CAP 471 and the affairs of the Road Traffic Commission under CAP 464 onto the Road Transport and Safety Agency.
All property, rights and obligations which immediately before the appointment date belonged to the National Road Safety Council and the Road Traffic Commission respectively were transferred and vested in the Agency. The appointed date for the commencement of operations of the Agency was pronounced by the Minister of Transport and Communication under Statutory Instrument No.61 of 2004 on 14th May 2004.
The Agency is a body corporate with perpetual succession and a common seal, capable of suing and being sued in its corporate image and with power to do all such acts and things as a body corporate may by law perform. The main functions of the Agency are:-
1. To implement policy on road transport, traffic management and road safety
2. To register motor vehicles
3. To issue licences and permits
4. To pay out such percentages of monies into the Road Fund in respect of fees for licences,permits and concessions granted and registration fees
5. To conduct Road safety education and through publicity campaigns undertake and assist in the in the dissemination of information on road safety for the benefit of the community
6. To coordinate Road safety programmes
7. To approve road safety programmes undertaken by any body, person or institution
8. to formulate and programmes designed to promote road safety in conjunction with local Authorities
9. To make contributions to the cost of road safety programmes undertaken by other Authorities or bodies and
10.To carry out such other activities as are conducive to the performance of RTSA functions
The Agency comprises members drawn from a wide sector of stakeholders. Members of the Agency include:
1. A representative of the Pensions and Insurance Authority
2. A representative of the Passengers Pedestrians and Cyclists
3. A representative of the persons with disabilities recommended by the Ministry of Community Development
4. A representative of the Chartered Institute of Transport
5. A representative of the Passenger Transport Association
6. A representative of the truckers association
7. A representative of the Medical Council of Zambia
8. A representative of the Attorney General
9. A representative of the Ministry of Transport and Communication
10. A representative of the Ministry of Home Affairs
11. Director of the Road development Agency
12. Director of the National Road Fund
13. One other person
The Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Agency is in charge of the day-to-day running of the Agency and is appointed by the Agency in consultation with the Minister of Communication and Transport. The Director of the Agency is also the secretary to the Agency.
The Director is assisted by two Deputy Directors, the Deputy Director for Transport and the Deputy Director for Safety. The two Deputy Directors are appointed by the Agency. The Agency also appoints, with the approval of the Minister of Transport and Communication, such other staff as it considers necessary for the performance of its functions under the Road Traffic Act.
Ten Basic Rules of Driving
- Know the Highway Code by Heart and put into Practice.
- Concentrate all the time on your driving and you will avoid accidents.
- Think before you act.
- Exercise patience and hang back when necessary.
- Drive with care and overtake quickly.
- Drive fast only in the right places.
- Develop your car sense and reduce waer and tear.
- Use your horn considerately and give proper signals.
- Be sure your car is roadworthy and know its limitations.
- Perfect your road-craft and acknowledge courtesies shown to you by other road users.
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