Govt's plan to replace kombis ok but...

EDITOR — I rally behind the government’s proposal to buy buses in order to replace commuter omnibuses currently plying the nation’s roads as public passenger vehicles.

Although it sounds a good idea, our current economic situation will not allow that to happen anytime soon.

Meanwhile, lives will continue to be lost because most of these commuter omnibuses are unroadworthy and the drivers are reckless.

Many families have already lost relatives and friends because of this, and I think it’s high time the problem is taken seriously before more lives are lost.

There is competition among the operators hence all the action-movie manoeuvres that are happening endangering our lives.

The number of commuter omnibuses in the city of Harare, I am sure, has exceeded the maximum required and with many still being imported the situation is worsening.

It is for these reasons that I strongly suggest the responsible authority looks into the issue and try to adopt a temporary and workable solution to this matter before they buy the buses.

I propose that a commission or agency be set up specifically for the management of these commuter omnibuses.

These vehicles should be vetted by the VID first and acquire their certificates of fitness as well as route authority.

After this, applications should be sent to this agency as well as the drivers’ licences and defensive driving certificates for vetting and approval.

Each route should have a specific number of omnibuses, and any other omnibuses plying the same route are to be considered as pirate operators and arrested.

The approved vehicles should be painted the same colour and designs for purposes of uniformity and this will also go a long way in improving the image of our city and nation at large.

It would also help to find out which models are best suited for the job as I am informed that some of the models in use were not originally designed as passenger carriers.

I am not suggesting that the State should nationalise these vehicles, operators will still own their vehicles and they will still own the income. My suggestions will just make the system more efficient and safer.

Cuthbert T Musarurwa (Jnr)

Comments (5)

Mr junior man you seem very poorly gifted upstairs. The problem is not the Kombis , but the policing of the roads and the corruption at VID. Most of those learner drivers just buy competence certificates and are unleashed onto the roads. If you are a careful observer of driving standards these days you will see that a good number of our drivers lack basic driving skills... to them driving is just being behind the wheel...All rules of the road are flouted at all over the country and it looks like nobody is watching. The police are out hunting down the Kombi drivers in broad daylight to rob them of their hard earned cash.

indigenise, empower, employ - 15 January 2014

The kombi operator operate the way they do because the are allowed to. Its as if there is no law which governs their operations and/or the police allow them to do so and/or the police have just failed. Lets have severe penalties for these law breakers. Its does not make sense to charge them $20 and they go ahead and commit more offences. They even go and charge more to recover what they would have paid. Lets review our laws to target these operators, lets have proper parking bays, same colour for all registered kombis, a ticket system which allows passengers to buy, say monthly tickets to avoid arbitrary charging and above all, a serious and corrupt free police force. This was only a summary

Donald Pasipanodya - 15 January 2014

The problem with the writer is that he is just writing on issues he does not really know. Its the corrupt system that has created all these problems. People with valid papers and roadworthy kombiz are actually harrasesd even mo by the police. The notion should be that those with good cars should not be troubled and should just have joyous rides, but alas, those with good cars actually spend even 7 days without being given the proper certificate of fitness by VID until you bribe the officers. In most cases those with good cars do not want to pay for they do not see the reason to do that, but the VID or police officers will 'fix' you by not giving you those certificates. indirectly, those with roadworthy cars are not getting any incentive to maintain their cars for they will still go through a horror process to get the certificates required. therefore the problem is with the poilce, vid and all other agencies, and they all know the truth. What Mr Junior and company are writing about here is actually irrelevant for the real issues are not as these guys see them but its the police and VID who create these scenes for their personal benefit. all they say much of the time is just hot air, they know what needs to be done and they also know why they are not doing that. its for their personal gains

Changamire Dombo - 16 January 2014

Changamire dombo and indiginise employ be corrupt sound like beneficiaries of the current chaotic system. why are you just attacking mr junior man without proffering your own solutions. With people like you who thrive on chaos, this country will never move forward. The young man has got brilliant ideas and if he is as young as I think he is, this country is indeed assured of good times from such prgressive and yound minds

mafirakureva - 17 January 2014

Changamire dombo and indiginise employ be corrupt sound like beneficiaries of the current chaotic system. why are you just attacking mr junior man without proffering your own solutions. With people like you who thrive on chaos, this country will never move forward. The young man has got brilliant ideas and if he is as young as I think he is, this country is indeed assured of good times from such prgressive and yound minds

mafirakureva - 17 January 2014

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