Govt fears illegal transporters could re-trigger Covid-19


Harare(New Ziana)- Government on Friday raised concern over the proliferation of illegally operating private transporters plying urban routes in Harare and other urban centres, saying most were not adhering to Covid-19 regulations, and posed the risk of re-triggering the pandemic.

The pandemic has subsided in the country in recent months, but the government is still insisting on strict observance of Covid-19 precautions.

Private transport services were suspended when the country went into lockdown, leaving only government owned Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) with the mandate to ferry passengers.

In a statement, the Ministry of Local Government and Public Works raised fears that illegally operating transporters ferrying passengers could re-trigger the pandemic as they were flouting precautions.

“The Government strongly advises the private operators and the public, that urban transport services for the carriage of passengers, is restricted to those provided by the Zimbabwe United Passengers Company (ZUPCO) as provided for in Section 2(a) of Statutory Instrument 83 of 2020, Public Health (COVID-19 Prevention, Containment and Treatment) (National Lockdown) Order 2020.

“This is a Health induced Transport Strategy, that is meant to ensure that the further spread of COVID 19 is contained. The country is not yet out of the woods, since we still have cases of COVID 19,” said the Ministry.

It said Covid-19 regulations for the transport sector were not designed to disadvantage private players but to save lives.

“The regulations were put in place to Prevent, Contain, and Treat COVID 19, are not meant to disadvantage those who invested in the Transport, or any other sector, but to ensure that the objectives of the regulations are met.

“We note with great concern, that the operators who resist working with ZUPCO are usually those that are not registered, and do not meet the requirements,” it said.

To date, Zimbabwe has registered a total of 8 444 Covid-19 infections and 248 deaths.

The Ministry directed that private transport operators who intended to operate in Harare, Bulawayo, Gweru, Mutare, Masvingo and any other town or urban area, register and work with ZUPCO so that compliance with Covid-19 regulations is assured.

“Those who wish to join the partnership should register their intention to do so with ZUPCO. The service is open to all kombi and bus owners who meet the stated requirements.

“Government is committed to have sanity in the urban (Intra-city) transport services, and Law enforcement agents have the authority to penalize those who contravene the law,” the Ministry said.

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