PAZ  Embrace Speed Limit Detectors

Nyasha Mutena

Passengers Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ), has expressed high gratitude on the introduction of speed limit technology for public service buses.

This development comes at a time when road carnage is increasingly becoming a common occurrence due to reckless driving and speeding by some drivers even when they have passengers on-board.

Through a presser, PAZ National Coordinator Mr Tafadzwa Goriati said it was refreshing to note their efforts yielding positive results.

“It is encouraging for PAZ to note that our lobby interventions for policy intervention to reduce road carnage is bearing some fruits, particularly with reference to the introduction of speed limit technology for public service buses,” he said.

In 2020 PAZ made a petition to the Parliament of Zimbabwe calling for   the introduction of Mandatory Speed Limiting Devices as part of a compressive effort to address Road Traffic Accidents in the country targeting public service vehicles.

“We thus applaud Minister Felix Mhona and his Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure Development for the policy adoption that will see public service buses being restricted  to a maximum speed of 100km/hour,” he added.

Meanwhile, this move is expected to also reduce the high rate of hit and run accidents which are continuing to occur in the CBD of Harare and its environs. PAZ said these accidents are resulting in the deaths or serious injuries of passengers and pedestrians when illegal and pirate commuter vehicles impulsively flee law enforcement agents.

“These disturbing occurrences seemed to have reduced, until only recently again the CBD of Harare is beginning to witness a surge in the related incidences. Some cases in point include recent reports of two women were civil servant employee who were coming from the Government House along Leopold Takawira died after being run down by a fleeing vehicle. We have also received reports of police officers being killed or injured as they try to maintain sanity in the city and Mbare.

“As PAZ we continue to urge citizens to be cautious of such incidences and pass our condolences to the families of those deceased through such circumstances,” said Mr Goriati.

PAZ also urged authorities to ensure that culprits are jailed and have their driving licences revoked.

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