THE importance of transporting goods or people to their destinations on time is probably one of the most central points goading the transport sector in Zambia.
Efficient transportation system is crucial too as it is the lifeblood of our national economy.
This is because an efficient national transportation network allows businesses to lower transportation costs, which in turn lowers production costs and costs to consumers.
It is also important to note that some of the essentials of a good transport system is that it should be economical, safe and secure while delivery of goods should be fast and time-bound.
Styles of transport include air, land (rail and road) and water which enables trade between people as essential component for the development of civilizations.
But in Zambia there is a section of people that think differently about transport which they have continued to turn it into a cash cow.
The mounting of illegal road blocks by our police officers for a quick buck for themselves has continued and will probably remain for many years to come.
The officers have continued and with unbelievable impudence to defy good government directive to them to stop these worthlessness road blocks but now all on the cold rock.
The media is awash with stories of traffic cops engaging in serious corruption activities which has in fact contributed to police corruption index to remain ahead of many other government departs.
Therefore the complaints coming from Copperbelt Province from motorists about the nuisance and unnecessary road blocks by police deserve a listening ear.
Drivers have rightly complained that there are far too many unnecessary road blocks and police check-points on the Copperbelt that are causing delays in transportation of goods to their respective destinations as the Sun newspaper reported yesterday.
The truck drivers expressed concern over the high rate of road fines imposed on them by the Zambia police and the resultant inordinate delays caused by the check-points.
Some drivers said business was being affected because they were spending more time on the road and also paying heavy fines at the hands of police officers.
The drivers raised the complaint during a meeting with Transport and Communications Minister, Mutotwe Kafwaya, in Ndola at the weekend.
The truck drivers who aired a number of concerns urged Mr Kafwaya to engage his counterpart at the Ministry of Home Affairs, Stephen Kampyongo over the matter.
The drivers noted that the highest fine other countries were charging when converted to the Kwacha, was not over K120.
However, they said the Zambian scenario was different and appalling as the high fines imposed by police officers did not even reach Government coffers but remained in the pockets of individuals who were manning the check points.
They said that the road fines that were collected from the truck drivers were unaccounted for adding that the act was promoting corruption on the road.
They said it was embarrassing because in other countries, they encountered only two road blocks, when entering and leaving a country.
Mr Kafwaya acknowledged that numerous road blocks by the Zambia police was worrying and counterproductive.
He assured the drivers that he would engage Mr Kampyongo to see how best the issue could be resolved.
Meanwhile, the Minister announced that drivers would no longer have to renew their Public Service Vehicle licences every year but once every three years.
Mr Kafwaya said that the revised licence Bill had already been submitted to cabinet and would be effective possibly in June next year.
We think that if action is not taken soon to stop these illegal road block drivels, the issue of corruption in the police service has disappointingly come here to stay.