By John Nhandara
THE Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has impounded over one thousand vehicles for various traffic offences during the ongoing blitz to restore sanity in the public transport sector.
The ongoing police blitz against pirate taxis and commuter omnibuses is meant to de-congest the Harare Central Business District and restore sanity in the public transport sector.
The blitz also comes at a time the country is witnessing an increase in the number of accidents, most of which have been attributed to pirate taxis and human error.
Speaking to ZBC News, Zimbabwe Republic Police Spokesperson, Assistant Commissioner Paul Nyathi said illegal pirate taxis also known as mushika-shikas are now a menace in the city where they are being used to commit various crimes such as robberies.
“We have impounded over one thousand cars for the past three days and we want to appeal to motorist to follow road rules and regulations. Unregistered vehicles, those breaking the law and pirate taxis will be brought to book,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Union of Drivers and Conductors Association has appealed to the public to desist from boarding illegal taxis as they may end up losing their valuables and in a worst case scenario, life.
“We appeal to the public to use legal mode of transport such as ZUPCO buses. We have witnessed a lot of cases such as rape, robberies and accidents from these pirate taxis,” said ZUDAC President .Mr Fredrick Maguramhinga.
In an effort to improve the mass public transportation system, government introduced ZUPCO bus services for intra and inter city services with transport operators required to register with the franchise.