The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has not won many friends with its recent implementation of the electronic safety management system that includes speed cameras. The initial reaction ranged from outright condemnation by a public usually reluctant to embrace new developments. Others dismissed it as a mere fundraising measure by RTSA. Few did pay attention to the merits of the Intelligent Mobility Solutions (IMS) spearheaded project that has at its centre increasing road safety and traffic management. No one has cared to point out that the project was signed in August 2017 and unveiled In February 2018.

All along everyone has been complaining about the increased incidence of road traffic accidents.

In 2016 alone 2, 206 lives were lost as a result of road traffic related activities.

How convenient that there should be an outcry about one of the measures that will go some way in reducing road traffic accidents.

The fact that most road traffic accidents have been caused by excessive speed has been overborne over the years.

What better way than to instil, if not halt carelessness on the road, by fear of punishment, independent of the human element, that sometimes does promote corruption? RTSA has placed it on record that the issue of signage which has been raised by some critics will be addressed in working with the Road Development Agency (RDA). We are drawn to a particular line by RTSA Executive Director Zindaba Soko who aptly summed up the motivation behind switching to the electronic surveillance system, “I wish to inform the general public and the concerned motorists that we have a huge problem of crashes coupled with the fatalities and serious injuries as a result of excessive speed. As RTSA we have embarked on a process of managing various bad driver attitude by the use of ICTs and the difference we will have is that this will be electronically monitored. This eliminates the checkpoints undertaken for speed management purposes.”

That just about captures the spirit of the innovation. Perhaps what the public should focus on now is engage RTSA on the element of the fines that have been deemed too high in some quarters.

For instance K300 for fines which could be as many as the offender may be malignant on the day have been deemed too high.

The public could also still engage RTSA on speed zones where they deem the allocation either too high or too low.

Naturally the level of impunity on our roads cannot go on forever as someone has always had to do something about it. It may not have been the RTSA of Soko but surely something was always going to eventually been done about it,

Maybe now the motorists should be acquainting themselves with these three golden rules as captured in The Road Traffic (Speed Limits) Regulation – Statutory Instrument No.90 of 2016 which states that the prescribed speeds are as follows:


1.Within the area of a Local Authority – 40 KM per Hour;

  1. Built up area outside the Local Authority -60KM per Hour; and

3.In any other part of Zambia (Trunk Roads) 100 and 120 respectively


  1. GRAND

    The writer has got very litle undesrstading on the subject.

    • could be that you have a problem with the words used though simple but uniquely combined


  2. Chrispine nyirenda

    The only problem of RATS is that they have not done enough sensitisation to the public

  3. John Chinena

    40 kph is ideal for trucks but not small vehicles. The speed on small cars should be 60 kph like in other African countries.

  4. Razor

    Go and see in Europe how to manage speeds. The autobahn in Germany has no speed limit. Other roads such as highways are at 120. Very few roads are below 100 because they know the essence of time and so vehicles need to move without hindrance. Only very built up areas actually have limits.

    • Tito

      sir this is not Europe, this is Zambia. firstly compare the types of roads,secondly the type of people

      • chipili songwe jnr

        Am with u

      • Amano

        I agree. We have a lot of careless and inexperienced drivers on our roads. Allowing speeds without limit will result in loss of innocent lives. Our roads are equally not good enough to allow high speeds. Speed cameras are an excellent initiative.

      • walt

        there should have been consideration of the state of the roads now and then when those statutes where being formulated. most of the roads then were single lanes and in a bad state. why restrict our selves now with laws that are outdated. we are bad at copying the best we can do now is engage other stakeholders and come up with unanimous agreements. on the issue of fines yes on that one i agree with you. we need to find a reasonable fine figure…300 kwacha is a huge amount to pay to an uncompromising system.

  5. Grandson

    Good initiative by ratsa next time please put cameras at robots to catch those that don’t obey the robots.

  6. Chanda chintu

    The emphasis seems to be on locally registered vehicles. How does RTSA fine a foreign registered,or indeed unregistered vehicle that is caught on camera overspending? To whose number do they send the SMS?

    • Amano

      Foreign vehicles are caught at borders when exiting or when trying to extend their permits to stay in Zambia. There will always be law breakers and those using funny methods to escape the fines but the majority will be made to pay for their infractions.

  7. Eddy mupeso

    Is there an area in Zambia that is outside a local authority?
    Take for example the lusak-chingola route! It’s Lusaka, Chibombo,Kabwe etc. When do the other parameters come in ?

  8. Shi aliko

    I’m not a driver

  9. Truth man

    The speed limits of 40kms in built-in areas and 60kms and100kms on high ways is not a new law .That has been the law since time immemorial, it is surprising how high levels of ignorance are in this country.No wonder the high numbers of fatalities on our public roads.RATSA should also make programs of educating the public especially drivers who seem to be very ignorant of the highway code.

  10. King Hazard

    what about those cars that carries ministers you should tell them to reduce speed aso

  11. Father

    Most fatal accidents in Zambia occur on high ways where the speed limit 120 km / h . It therefore imparative for RATSA to instal these cameras on such ways not where they have instaled them .

  12. Angoni

    What measures have RATSA taken to collect fines from foreign registered vehicles – For Reg vehicles and illegally allowed – 2016 Lungu wrecks.

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    Good idea but i hope they dont jx want to make more money

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  15. Educated Zambian

    The Road signs where not properly done

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  17. Kebby

    How do they deal with foreign,
    GRZ, Military, and unregistered PF branded vehicles (which are so many and do not obey any road rules at all)?

  18. Kantwa

    Y relagister vehicles with a cost it should be free of charge you want to milk poor Zambians

  19. Salati sakala

    No its fine I like that technology

  20. Obbrey Chungwe

    Good move RTSA as monitoring speed limit will minimize the loss of Human life ,all the best with your implementationa .


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  22. sunvela

    Awee mwandini RTSA


      atase how cume those witchcraft planes are still crashing stupid fools at ratsa

  23. Lukas

    This is just another fundraising venture,every one knows that they have put the camera’s in awkward roads with no signage and you want us to keep quiet zambians wake up

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