Corruption in the issuance of driver’s licences cause for concern

By Tendai Munengwa

THE fight against corruption at the Vehicle Inspectorate Department (VID) can only be won if all Zimbabweans put their heads together.

This came out at a transport stakeholders meeting organised by the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe in Harare this Friday to deliberate on measures to plug the rot that has characterised the issuance of driver’s licenses.

The Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe has brought together various stakeholders among them the police, operators of driving schools, instructors and officials from the Vehicle Inspectorate Department to deliberate on efforts to reduce traffic road accidents owing to human error.

It however emerged that corruption in the issuance of driver’s licenses has led to more people getting discs without mastering driving, something attributed to human error on the country’s roads.

Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe Acting Managing Director Clifford Gobo appealed to the public and relevant stakeholders to unite and expose any form corruption by instructors, driving school operators and VID officials.

“We have brought all stakeholders including driving schools to brainstorm and come up with a common position which will be presented to our parent ministry for implementation. Yes it takes two to tangle but we are saying life is special and the growing concern about corruption in driver licensing should send a clear message to corrupt figures that their days numbered,” he said.

According to the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe, over 2000 accidents are recorded each year, with most being attributed to human error.