POLICE say they have stepped up operations against errant bus, commuter omnibus and private car operators who continue defying Covid-19 regulations, and passengers caught in buses not registered under ZUPCO will pay $2 000 fine per head.
On Tuesday, impounded 32 buses at Mbare Musika Terminus offering inter-city services in defiance of the national lockdown. Another nine were impounded in Matabeleland North on the same charges.
Some 170 passengers in Harare were on Tuesday fined $2 000 each for boarding these buses while 90 others were arrested yesterday.
They were charged for contravening Section 7 (2) as read with 49 (2) of The Road Traffic (Traffic Signs and Signal) Regulations of 2016, which is, “Failure to obey any instructions or control imposed by any regulatory signs as specified under such sign in Class 1(a) (i) in the First Schedule eg, No hitch hiking, stop sign, be stopping, no overtaking, weight prohibition, no parking, no right/left turn, etc.
The fine is level 3, which is a maximum of $2 000.
The Officer Commanding Harare province, Commissioner Wonder Tembo, said police were going after all transport operators who are operating outside the law.
“We are continuously disturbed by traffic congestion on our roads being caused by errant drivers mostly those operating the so-called mushikashika. We have declared war against these illegal transporters who continuously defy clear laws of the land. We are heavily descending on you and (you) will suffer the consequences of the law.
“All bus and kombi operators who are equally operating outside the law shall suffer the same fate, you have been warned. More so, the road carnage is contributing to loss of precious lives, let us therefore obey road rules and regulations,” he said.