Government wants tighter measure to control Harare traffic jungle

By Nyasha Mutena

FOLLOWING growing concerns over Harare’s traffic jams and accidents often caused by reckless drivers, law enforcement agents have been directed to effectively apply a raft of stiff measures against perpetrators.

Harare has witnessed a fair share of human error induced accidents and traffic delays which prompted Government ministries, departments, agencies involved in roads administration and traffic law enforcement to convene a meeting with the Secretary of the State for Harare Provincial Affairs and Devolution, Mr Tafadzwa Muguti to find impending solutions to the catastrophe. There is also a standing directive on the decongestion of the City of Harare.

Muguti directed that all commuter omnibus operators get valid rank permits that will allow them to operate from their designated bus ranks and within operational times. Council will publish the designated official bus termini in the City which all passengers ought to respect and board their buses from.

Also, he hinted that there is to be creation of a digital database of all commuter omnibus operators as part of the Local Authority Digital System, impounding of unlicensed and unroadworthy vehicles, as well as enforcing compliance protocols at the operator’s cost.

Meanwhile, all drivers guilty of reckless and dangerous driving shall be arrested on the spot and these include those who drive towards oncoming traffic.

“All drivers guilty of reckless and dangerous driving are to be arrested on the spot and taken to court within the statutory 48 hrs. This includes those driving on oncoming traffic, driving on pavements and those who deliberately create additional lanes by encroaching cycle tracks and pedestrian walkways.

“The City of Harare will publish the designated official bus terminuses in the city. All passengers ought to respect and board their buses from these designated points.

“A digital database of all commuter omnibus operators is to be implemented as part of the Local Authority Digital System.

“This will include digital payments, collections of fines and fees whilst the Zimbabwe Republic Police shall use the system to verify the road worthiness of vehicles, outstanding warrants on drivers, outstanding tickets and any other listed offences of drivers,” said Muguti through an official communique.

Regarding drivers who installed extra or fancy lighting on their cars, Muguti said they risk getting their cars seized.

“All vehicles which have fitted extra lighting that is not permitted by the law shall have their vehicles impounded. These include those who have installed blue, red, green or yellow security and emergency reserved lights illegally on their vehicles,” he said.

Police and the City of Harare are expected to launch joint operations to curb traffic jams at all major intersections during peak hours, whilst intersections with faulty traffic signals shall have full time deployments.

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