The government through Road Traffic and Safety Agency – RTSA locked an intelligent mobility solution concession agreement with Kapsch TrafficCom’ s (KTCG listed on the Vienna stock exchange) joint venture with Zambian Lamise Trading Limited. Kapsch TrafficCom is a provider of intelligent transportation systems in the fields of tolling, traffic management, smart urban mobility, traffic safety and security, and connected vehicles. As a one-stop solutions provider, Kapsch TrafficCom offers end-to- end solutions covering the entire value creation chain of its customers, from components and design to the implementation and operation of systems. The mobility solutions supplied by Kapsch TrafficCom help make road traffic safer and more reliable, efficient, and comfortable in urban areas and on highways alike while helping to reduce pollution.
This was contained in a press release provided to ZBT. The Honourable Minister of Transport and Communication Brian Mushimba said it is prudent to bring the private sector in providing advanced road safety management solutions and services through Public Private Partnerships – PPPs. This the Minister believes will assist reduce road crashes and will preserve safety. The Honourable Minister made mention that in 2016 Zambia experienced over 2,000 deaths that were traffic related on public roads.
This scope of service will be realized step by step during a ramp-up phase as a part of a 17-year contract.
The number of vehicles on Zambia’s roads increased by 280% to 700,000 in the ten years to 2016 and road fatalities increased from 10 per hundred thousand inhabitants to 13.8 per hundred thousand in the same period. In 2016 alone, 2,206 people died in traffic related accidents. Therefore, it is the aim of the Zambian Government, through its agency the Road Traffic and Safety Agency to significantly increase road safety and traffic management.
André Laux, COO of Kapsch TrafficCom, said “We feel honoured with our partners Lamise Trading to be entrusted by the Zambian Government to help improve traffic safety in the country.”
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