A Government official who preferred anonymity told The Sunday Mail last week said that they are drafting an instrument that will prohibit cross-border and inter-city bus from travelling between 9pm and 5am as a measure to reduce road accidents.
Said the official:
The draft proposes that driving for public transporters stop at 9pm and resume around 5am. Discussions around the issue are still underway as some are opposing the idea, arguing that it is not good for business. The proposal has been taken from other countries such as Zambia, which prohibit public transporters from operating after 9pm.
When contacted for comment, Civil Protection Unit director Mr Nathan Nkomo confirmed the proposals and said:
A Cabinet Committee on Emergency Preparedness and Disaster Management came up with a position paper that contains a raft of measures which will try to address the carnage issue. We have realised that most road carnage is being caused by human error. So, we are working on how best to curb speeding, overloading and removing unroadworthy vehicles from the roads. We have also included stiffer penalties for urban transport such as illegal taxis as they are contributing to deaths.
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