Road Agency Suspends Bus Operator

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Scorpion

The Road Transport and Safety Agency has suspended the Road Service Licence (RSL), for Beta Build Hardware and Electronics trading as Scorpion Bus Services for violating the terms and conditions.

This comes in a wake of a road traffic crash on 17th April, 2019 around 19:20 hours, involving a Scorpion bus registration number BCA 8977ZM were fourteen (14) people died and sixteen (16) injured.

The crash occurred along the Chingola – Solwezi road.

Accident investigations conducted by the RTSA revealed that the driver of the bus, Mr. Eddie Katoyo, was over speeding as evidenced by the fact that he overtook several vehicles and subsequently hit into a stationary truck in the opposite lane.

RTSA records indicate that on 11th April, 2019, the same bus driver was reported to have been driving at excessive speed around Chisamba area on Great North Road.

He was summoned through his employers, but the operator failed to avail Mr. Katoyo to answer to the charge.

Further, investigations into the accident indicate that the driver, Mr. Katoyo was not licenced to drive a Public Service Vehicle.

It was also established that the driver gave false information to officers when he presented fake documentation stating that he was a holder of a PSV licence when in fact not.

In a letter dated 15th May, 2019 addressed to the Director of Beta Build Hardware and Electronics, who’s buses are branded as Scorpion Bus services, the RTSA expressed concern that the operator allowed or employed an unlicensed and inexperienced driver to drive a Public Service Vehicle, undoubtedly putting lives of passengers at risk further resulting injuries and loss of lives.

The operator’s action was described as a serious danger to the travelling public.

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