Help cops tame kombi drivers

EDITOR — It boggles the mind that sane citizens blame the police for chasing up kombis that run away from them for various reasons.

A lot of lives are lost and a number of passengers maimed on a daily basis because of these reckless drivers, some of whom do not meet minimum requirements to drive public transport vehicles.

Commuter omnibus owners are also to blame for employing young persons.

Most of them are too young to drive public transport vehicles.

In most accident cases involving kombis, it is the commuters who get injured if not killed.

Legislators should come up with legislation that makes it unlawful for a kombi operator to employ any person who does not qualify to drive a public transport vehicle.

Current laws are not prohibitive enough, that’s why these errant drivers continue to disregard human life all in the name of meeting the daily cash target set by the employer.

I know in any business there are targets to be met but in the transport industry, kombis in particular, means used to meet the so-called targets are costing human lives.

Consider a worst-case scenario where all commuters get killed, will the kombis meet their $80 per day targets? 

The commuting public must stop blaming law enforcement agents for chasing kombis in an effort to enforce the law.

We should adopt a habit of voicing our concerns whenever these “rogue” drivers over speed, run away from police, use undesignated routes to evade police, overtake on the left side of the road when there is no lane, use foul language, or behave in any manner that can be deemed indecorous.

Ruth Bridget Mapfumo

Avondale,

Harare

Comments (2)

True Ruth if a kombi owner employs an unqualified driver he should also face the music. If his kombi is recklessly driven he must also be liable to prosecution. hey look at the calibre of Kombi drivers, most of them look ruffians and I always ask myself how is he employed? maybe let us ban all male drivers from kombis and put women drivers they are not that daring.

maita - 24 March 2014

Which cops need help? Kombis are are the unregistered ATMs for the so-called cops.

Mukanya - 27 March 2014

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