The Lusaka City Council (LCC) has warned people against conducting business on carriageways.
LCC Public Relations Officer, Nyambe Bulumba, expressed concern over people who had resorted to setting up garages and car wash businesses on carriageways.
Nyambe sounded the warning in a statement issued in Lusaka on Friday.
He said the setting up of businesses in the aforementioned areas was a dangerous practice that can lead to traffic congestion and accidents.
“In addition to the safety concerns, the practice of setting up businesses on carriageways is also detrimental to the road infrastructure as it leads to roads wearing out, which can then require costly repairs,” Nyambe said.
He added that the practice was further prohibited by the Public Roads Act No. 12 of 2002.
“In this regard, Lusaka City Council will take swift action to ensure this law is enforced and that those who are breaking it are held accountable to help protect the city’s roads and ensure that they remain in good condition for years to come,” Nyambe said.
He said the Local Authority would further hasten inspections to ensure that the carriageways were kept free from obstructions and businesses conducted in designated areas.
Nyambe said this was aimed at promoting the safety of drivers and pedestrians, as well as the smooth flow of traffic in the city.
“We would like to sternly warn those who are involved in illegality to immediately cease this practice before the council takes action to demolish their structures,” he said.
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