Harare – The Mechanical and Equipment Department (CMED) certified fit 24 buses on Tuesday, after inspecting 30, to join the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company (ZUPCO) franchise and operate during the coronavirus lockdown period and beyond, if their owners want them to continue with the operations under ZUPCO, CMED director Mr. Davis Mhaka has revealed.
A report by The Herald shows that Mr. Mhaka said CMED will be testing drivers, only with valid class two driving licences, before they start transporting people and all buses should have certificates from the Vehicle Inspection (VID), vehicle insurance and passenger insurance.
“We are also testing drivers through our driving school Easy Go, checking on their driver’s licences, defensive driving certificates and medical certificates,” he said.
He said other six commuter omnibuses that failed to qualify on Tuesday will be repaired and go through inspection again before they begin their operations.
Mr. Mhaka said that all drivers who will be operating with these buses should follow all traffic regulations so as to avoid road accidents.
He also said that, to ensure the safety of passengers, each bus will be having a toll-free number where people will be able to report any unacceptable behaviour by the drivers.
“We are also going to set up a toll-free number where people will phone through and report the behaviour of drivers. The numbers will be on these buses and all those who misbehave will be withdrawn,” he said.
Last week ZUPCO promised to bring back 500 commuter omnibuses to operate during the lockdown period.
This development follows after the Government had recently invited commuter omnibuses in the private sector to join the ZUPCO during the coronavirus lockdown period.