The Passengers body want Public Service Vehicles colour coded
The Passengers, Pedestrians and Cyclists Association of Zambia (PAPECA) has called on government to rescind its decision to scrap off the code of conduct for Public Service vehicles (PSV) which compelled bus and taxi operators to paint their vehicles in sky-blue which has since been suspended.
PAPECA Lusaka Province Secretary Paul Phiri said the scrapping of the Statutory Instrument number 115 of 2000 will work against the will of many Zambians who will have difficulties identifying PSVs.
ZANIS reports that Mr. Phiri observed that now that the decision has been suspended, government should consider reverting to the old order of having all PSVs painted in sky blue for easy identification by the commuters.
He said the uniform colour of Public Service Vehicles brought sanity on the roads as contravenes of traffic rules could easily be seen and brought to book unlike where such vehicles are painted in different colours.
He added that the uniform colour has in some way reduced road traffic accidents as drivers of passage vehicles have been careful not to abrogate rules as they feared to be reported to the authority due to the distinguished colour of their vehicles.
Mr. Phiri notes that if the colour code is changed, people with bad intentions will take advantage of commuters who will not differentiate between public transport and private vehicles.
Mr. Phiri also claimed that his association was not been consulted on the matter and hoped that the views of the association will be taken into consideration.
Mr. Phiri's comments follow government's decision to suspend the scrapping of the colour code for public service vehicles (PSV) to allow more discussions on the subject.
Government through the Ministry of Communications and Transport announced on Friday that all PSV operators would be free to prefer colours of their choice following the abolishment of Statutory Instrument number 115 of 2000, which compelled bus and taxi operators to paint their vehicles in sky-blue.
But yesterday Communications and Transport Minister Geoffrey Lungwangwa announced the suspension of Statutory Instrument number 31 of 2011 on the colour code for public service vehicles pending more consultations.