THE Road Transport and Safety Agency says it secured 860 convictions in the Fast Track Court on traffic offences last month.
According to statement issued by RTSA public relations manager Mukela Mangolwa, the highest convictions were for Expired Road Tax with 224
convictions, Expired Test Certificate with 169 convictions, Expired/Uninsured Motor Vehicle with 106 convictions, Dangerous Driving with 61 convictions and Driving under the influence of alcohol with 28 convictions.
“Other offences that resulted in convictions were, Unauthorised use of goods vehicle, Driving a Motor Vehicle in a Dangerous Condition, Use
of Handheld Mobile phone while Driving, Use of Unregistered Motor Vehicle, Plying for Hire and Reward and Obstruction of the Highway by
Motor Vehicle. In certain instances, some motorists were found with multiple counts (offences). Statistics have shown that dangerous driving and driving under the influence of alcohol continue to be major contributors of road traffic accidents in the country,” Mangolwa stated.
He also stated that RTSA convicted 5,286 offenders from January to December 2018 for violating traffic regulations and laws.
“Expired Road Tax was the highest with 1,189 convictions, Dangerous Driving 980 convictions, Expired Test Certificate 790 convictions,
Expired/Uninsured Motor Vehicle 433 convictions, driving under the influence of alcohol 124 convictions and unlicensed driver 439
convictions. The RTSA would like to inform members of the public that it will sustain its traffic law enforcement programmes countrywide in
order to ensure total compliance among motorist and provide safety to all road users,” Mangolwa stated.
He implored the public to be proactive and make use of the RTSA Call Centre by reporting bad, careless and dangerous drivers on the toll free line – 983 and the WhatsApp line 0965 429499.