Call for strengthened efforts in enforcing public service vehicles regulations

By George Msumba |  10 months ago | local

Zimbabwe Passengers Association secretary general Paul Makiwa says laws regulating public service vehicles should be enforced to reduce road carnage.

Speaking to Zimpapers Radio News following a road traffic accident involving Rimbi Tours and Zebra Kiss buses on Tuesday, Makiwa said transporters should have a governed speed of 80 km per hour with those who flout regulations having their operators licences revoked.

The Rimbi and Zebra Kiss buses were captured on video speeding along the Harare-Nyamapanda highway without the requisite braking distance between them, before the Rimbi bus that was behind smashed into a stationery truck claiming one life with seven other people left injured.

According to the United Nations Road Safety Performance Review for Zimbabwe released yesterday, the road crash death rate rose by 34.5 percent from about 1 300 deaths in 2011 up to 2 000 in 2019.

The review said statistics from the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe indicate that road accidents occur on Zimbabwe’s roads every 15 minutes, and five people die every day, which equals to approximately 153 people every month.

Speeding is the main cause of fatalities.