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Cabinet Okays Return Of Kombis, Sets New Regulations

Cabinet Okays Return Of Kombis, Sets New Regulations

The government has okayed the return of privately-owned commuter omnibuses (kombis) under new regulations being crafted to guide the liberalisation of the urban mass public transport system.

The Sunday Mail reports that kombis will only operate under accredited associations and follow strict guidelines.

Cabinet has already approved the amendment of the Urban Areas (Omnibus Services) Regulations, which will be gazetted soon.

Local Government and Public Works Permanent Secretary Mr Zvinechimwe Churu said kombis that were not affiliated to ZUPCO could only start operating after the regulations were gazetted. Churu said:

Government has initiated procedures to institute the relevant subsidiary legislation and supportive operational measures to regulate the opening up of the urban transport sector to private operators.

Principles for the Urban Areas (Omnibus Services) Regulations 2022 were approved by Cabinet and following the preparation of a draft Statutory Instrument, the relevant checks are being finalised before the Statutory Instrument is gazetted.

Private operators who are not registered with ZUPCO are expected to comply with requirements of the relevant authorities and will be mandated to operate under the new regulations to be gazetted.

Churu said some of the requirements were:

a). an operator’s licence,

b). certificate of fitness,

c). route authority,

d). rank disk,

e). passenger and vehicle insurance,

f). any other documents or permits relevant to the sector.

Statutory Instrument 83 of 2020 banned private-owned kombis from roads only allowing those managed by ZUPCO.

However, earlier this month, President Mnangagwa announced the Government’s plan to lift the suspension on private operators in response to the transport crisis in the country.

Greater Harare Association of Commuter Omnibus Operators secretary-general Mr Ngoni Katsvairo said self-regulation in the urban transport sector was welcome.

Bulawayo already has three associations, including BUPTA and Tshova Mubaiwa.

This reporter observed elongated queues at bus termini in Harare CBD Saturday evening suggesting that the transport crisis is far from over.

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15 Comments

braveheart 3 weeks ago

zupco thought it could make money by not having competition but they are making huge losses. now private players are back they will try to prevent that.zvadhakwa zupco manga majaira muchitsoma maconductor nekuda kwema50c avanotora imi muchiba mathousand


Kanda 1 month ago

another Zanu pf defeat mushika-shika win☝️☝️☝️ DIRA HAKO RIZARE 🥃🍾


Mwakusha 1 month ago

Police inofa nekuita mari. Ku traffic kwakubhadhara.ma kombi acho achatakura ma 12 nema 15 passengers here?


Jah🇿🇼Tsvarie-07 1 month ago

gud move, also kombi owners should be blamed for their driver and conductor' behavior to commuters...


Mwakusha 1 month ago

We will keep on supporting zupco nemigweje yedu vana Munenzva nana Manyonga


collins 1 month ago

hayaz Zanu wo futi, vanogadzira dambudziko, vo reverser vozvipembedza vachiti tagona, nxaa mutikwanire,


zuze 1 month ago

Pane zvavaida kugadzirisa, zvavasina kutiidza, sezvavakaita Kuchar zvikwereti kuBank

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putin 1 month ago

vafanha vowanaa mabasa


Ginious 1 month ago

back to square one


Manikiniki 1 month ago

Kkk thats where you see that we clueless leaders

Native 1 month ago

You create problems & when you pretend to solve them you want us to clap hands...mnxx


Cable Guy 1 month ago

So so sad eishhh the situation is at another level

falcon 1 month ago

that's much better to bring back kombis for the crisis of transport


Honorable 1 month ago

Funny to note that most vehicles operating under ZUPCO franchise do not have roadworthy fitness certificates


007 1 month ago

Realest


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