Bus driver who caused 14 deaths on the Chingola-Solwezi Road had no license

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The driver of the Scorpion bus which caused the death of 14 passengers on the Chingola-Solwezi Road earlier this month had no licence, the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) has revealed.

According to the accident investigations conducted by the Agency, the driver of the bus Eddie Katoyo, was overspeeding as evidenced by the fact that he overtook several vehicles and ended up hitting into a stationary truck in the opposite lane.

And RTSA records indicate that on April 11 2019, the same bus driver was reported to have been driving at excessive speed around Chisamba area on Great North Road after which he was summoned, but did not show up to answer to the charge.

Further the investigations into the accident also indicate that the offender Katoyo was not licenced to drive a Public Service Vehicle and it was further established that the driver gave false information to officers when he presented fake documentation indicating that he was licensed with a PSV licence when in fact not.

And in a statement issued to the media by RTSA Head of Public Relations, the Agency is concerned that the operator could allow or employ an unlicensed and Inexperienced driver to drive a Public Service Vehicle, an action that undoubtedly put a lot of lives at risk further resulting in injuries and fatalities.

The agency indicated that the operator therefore abrogated the conditions of the Road Service License by allowing or employing an unlicensed driver.

Meanwhile the Agency has given Scorpion Bus Services seven days to show any cause why its operator’s licence should not be suspended or revoked, for employing and allowing an unlicensed driver to drive a Public service Vehicle.

In a letter dated April 23, 2019. addressed to the Director of Beta Build Hardware and Electronics, trading as Scorpion Bus services, RTSA have observed that the latter action by the operator is tantamount to violating the conditions upon which the operator’s licence was granted.

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

The crash occurred along the Chingola solwezi Road.

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