Speed camera installation by RTSA a scandal – UPPZ

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United Prosperous and Peaceful Zambia (UPPZ) leader Charles Chanda says the installation of speed cameras by the Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA) is a scandal that all motorists should reject.

Chanda says the exercise being undertaken by RTSA through a foreign firm, Intelligent Mobility Solutions, to install hidden speed cameras constitutes a breach of state security and is scandalous in the nature the whole exercise is being carried out.

Addressing journalists upon arrival at Simon Mwansa Kapwepwe International Airport in Ndola Tuesday, Chanda said it is strange that government is allowing a state capture by availing critical details of motorists in the custody of a foreign firm.

He says it is worrying that state intelligence officers have failed to advise President Edgar Lungu on the imminent danger of allowing a foreign company to access details of motorists using their hidden speed cameras that have been installed on most roads in Lusaka.

Chanda says it is wrong for RTSA to hand details of all motorists to a foreign firm without their approval, as this compromises on their security and safety.

“This is a serious security breach for the whole country. This is a scandal and citizens must realize that right now, we are at a risk. You cannot without our approval give sensitive information to a foreigner.” Chanda said.

The installation of speed cameras by RTSA has been rubbished by members of the public, who describe it as a scheme to amass wealth by a few unscrupulous officials who have mishandled the exercise.

Meanwhile, Chanda has wondered why RTSA should charge motorists K300 as fine for each offense, yet the same institution said the installation of the cameras is a pilot project, to try out their effectiveness.

He charged that the installation exercise by RTSA, is only a measure of raising revenue and not enforcing road safety, thereby, reducing road accidents, as most roads where they have been placed have never recorded any single accident.

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