(Xinhua) -- Authorities in Zambia have started
arresting drivers for throwing rubbish as part of efforts to
ensure effective management of wastes, its road transport and
safety agency said on Wednesday.
The Road Transport and Safety Agency (RTSA)
has since warned drivers to stop the habit of throwing rubbish
from their vehicles as the country tries to contain a cholera
outbreak in the capital city.
“It is against the Road Traffic Act
for any person to throw articles from a vehicle,” the agency
said in a statement.
It added that drivers found throwing
rubbish will be liable to a fine of 300 Zambian kwacha (about 30
U.S. dollars) or sentenced to three months simple imprisonment
upon conviction or both.
The law prohibiting throwing or
rubbish out of a vehicle was enacted in 2002 but has not been
The road safety agency has since urged
members of the general public to report motorists violating the
law through a toll free line which has been created.
Some residents of Lusaka, the
country’s capital, have since decided to launch a “Name and
Shame” campaign in which they are taking photographs of any
vehicle whose driver is found throwing rubbish and posting it on