Motorists called upon to adhere to road rules

By ZBC Reporter

THE Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe has called for an all-stakeholders approach to reduce road traffic accidents which claim more than 20 lives each year during the Easter holidays.

The council this Wednesday convened a stakeholder meeting in Harare to launch the Easter and Independence holidays road safety campaign.

The campaign comes in the wake of revelations that road traffic accidents claim more than 20 lives each year during the Easter holidays.

“We experience an increased volume of traffic during Easter holidays and also an increase in the number of accidents, hence the need to strengthen our campaigns to reduce road carnage, especially during the holiday,” said TSCZ board chairperson, Kura Sibanda.

Different stakeholders that include the Zimbabwe Passenger Transport Organisation and the Insurance Council of Zimbabwe called on motorists to observe road regulations and for the country to operationalise the road accident fund.

Meanwhile, the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID) announced that it will be embarking on a joint monitoring exercise during the holidays, to check on compliance.

“We are warning motorists this easter and independence holidays that we
will be doing compliance checks. We have deployed 18 teams and we will be checking on unroadworthy vehicles,” noted Martin Musengezi, VID deputy director.

Speeding, overnight driving, drinking and driving as well as the use of unroadworthy vehicles have been cited as major causes of road traffic accidents in the country.

Zimbabwe recently launched its United Nations Decade of Action for road safety to reduce road traffic accidents and deaths by 50 per cent between 2021 and 2030.