209 commuter omnibus vehicles impounded

By ZBC Reporter

The Zimbabwe Republic Police has impounded more than 200 illegal commuter omnibus vehicles as part of decongesting the Central Business District of Bulawayo, with owners and drivers being warned against flouting regulations.

Although government has offered commuter omnibus operators an opportunity to resume operations through affiliation to the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO), some have chosen the cat and mouse game with the police, picking and dropping passengers at undesignated places.

Police in Bulawayo have responded by rounding up illegal operators, with both drivers and owners expected to appear in court for violating the law.

In a media briefing this Thursday, Deputy Police Spokesperson for Bulawayo Assistant Inspector Nomalanga Msebele said they have a duty to protect lives and enforce the law.

We will continue to arrest all illegal operators because most of these vehicles are not road worthy and as such are putting lives of citizens at risk while some of them are not insured and have no number plates making it difficult to track them especially during hit and run accidents. We are also charging the owners of these vehicles because they are the chief culprits and in a way as police we are doing our job to maintain peace and order in Bulawayo,said Msebele.

Clearing the impounded vehicles will involve other stakeholders such as Bulawayo City Council, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority and Zimbabwe National Roads Administration to check on outstanding tickets, taxes and validity of licence plates.