Maseru – Lesotho Mounted Police Service LMPS is engaged in an ongoing campaign to clean the public transport operation in order to enforce the law on local public roads.
According to LMPS Spokesperson, Superintendent Clifford Molefe the campaign follows realisation that public transport operators, especially 4+1 drivers violate road laws and regulations by operating without required documents.
Superintendent Molefe said since the beginning of this month, about 23 4+1 drivers have been arrested for operating without drivers licences and public permits, adding that they have so far impounded all vehicles that are not roadworthy in terms of fitness and certification and committed before the courts of law perpetrators who individually and according to their charges were fined or convicted to serve imprisonment for failing to pay fines imposed by the courts.
He said the operation was also triggered by escalating road accidents some of which could have been prevented if the operators complied with the road laws.
He clarified that private vehicles are also involved in several accidents, raising the need to enforce the law to ensure drivers adhere to it, saying this is exemplified by a Quthing accident where a driver allegedly caused an accident and left three female occupants aged between 26 and 42 seriously injured.