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Govt To Open Up Public Transport Sector To Private Players

Govt To Open Up Public Transport Sector To Private Players

The Government says it would soon be opening up the public transport system to private players so that they complement services being provided by the State-run Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO).

President Emmerson Mnangagwa on Saturday, 7 May, said that the regulations to liberalise the transport sector will be announced soon. He said:

Government is proceeding to open up the public transport system for other players in order to complement the services being provided by ZUPCO, in line with the reduction in COVID-19 cases and the subsequent opening up of the economy.

To complement the above measures, Government will allow for the duty-free importation for a period of 12 months for vehicles which meet regulations to be issued.

The liberalisation of the public transport system shall be done under terms and conditions to be published by Government.

The police would need to ensure that law and order is adhered to as the behaviour on our roads needs to be seriously attended to.

Non-adherence to the rules and regulations to be gazetted would not be tolerated.

In 2020 the Government created a ZUPCO monopoly through the gazetting of Statutory Instrument (SI) 83 of 2020.

It said the move was aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus but critics argue that the ban on private buses and kombis was meant to manage the public transport sector following the January 2019 fuel riots.

In January 2019, transport operators pulled their vehicles off the roads in protest of a 150 per cent fuel price hike that was announced by President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

The ZUPCO monopoly has, however, brought immense suffering to commuters who have to spend several hours standing in the rain, heat or cold waiting for the woefully inadequate rickety ZUPCO buses.

More: The Sunday Mail

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­čĄŽ 1┬ámonth ago

lani Lina abama khombi likwane lingabiselwa emgwaqweni, singabantu thini not animals.
know that you are Carrying humans not animals.
likwane lapho umtshova kawuyehle uye ku 100rtgs.

We will remove you on the roads linga kwenza ngani liyahlanya

Taka 1 month ago

Ngavakurumidze coz Monday panenge pakatoipa

Jack Bauer 1 month ago

Kuita penga udzoke chaiyo

Macheso 1 month ago

iwe dzoka kumas****

Aiwa 1 month ago

policy inconsistencies

ass com nyathi 1 month ago

if we stop asking for and receiving bribes mhuri inorarama nei @Chawabvunza

Chawabvunza 1 month ago

We are back to square one where private transport players are coming back. Government had banned private operators to fix them for having withdrawn services when fuel was astronomically raised in January 2019, although it stated other frivolous reasons. Having said that, private operators must learn to conduct their business within the parameters of the law. Police must desist from asking for and receiving bribes and enforce the law without fear or favour.



Maparamuro 1 month ago

Private operators and zupco should actually complement each other for the convenience of the commuters.
In the operations of the private operators there should be no room for ma hwindi as these add no value to the business at all, they have no vehicles neither do they have passengers to fill up the kombis all they do is cause havoc so that they harvest where they never sowed

Jah­čç┐­čç╝Tsvarie-07 1┬ámonth ago

We need Kombis back Zupco has been a pain in the ass...

Maparamuro 1 month ago

Private operators will need serious regulation as they have in the past abused commuters. Fares need regulation, they can't be changed during peak and off peak hours. There must be well established routes with clear destinations. Clear pick up and drop off points. Kombis should not stop willy nilly as this inconveniences other road users.

It would be best if the private operators could also form their own associations per route so that they self regulate and ensure they operate professionally

sadney 1 month ago

Admission of failure would always be result with these road unworthy zupco buses.Last night l came across a zupco bus traveling without lights.The driver was using other road users flashes to navigate through

bvanyangu 1 month ago

regulate the fares too, and ban touts.

Takaedza 1 month ago

That's great

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