The Road Transport and Safety Agency, RTSA, has given Mazhandu Bus an ultimatum of seven days to show cause why their Road Service Licence should not be revoked or suspended for failure to comply with conditions subject to which it was granted.
RTSA Senior Public Relations Officer, Fredrick Mubanga says in a press statement that failure to do so within the prescribed period will leave the Agency with no option but to suspend or revoke the Road Service Licence for Mazhandu family bus.
Mr. Mubanga says the Agency is concerned that the record of operation for Mazhandu Bus services has increasingly detoriated from 2013, adding that from last year to date, five buses have been involved in separate road accidents killing and injuring several people.
He says this has prompted RTSA Chief Executive Officer Zindaba Soko to write to the Managing Director of Mazhandu Family Bus reminding him that the Road Traffic Act empowers the Director of RTSA to either suspend or revoke a Road Service Licence if the conditions are not being complied with.
Mr. Mubanga says the Agency has a responsibility of ensuring the safety of all road users and will not hesitate to invoke its powers.
He says investigations into the cause of the crash involving Mazhandu’s fleet of buses revealed that all crashes occurred after the drivers lost control due to excessive speed.