congestion traffic 02.09.10.jpgEight commuter omnibus bus operators were arrested by police in Harare on Thursday after they tried to incite other operators to boycott ferrying passengers into the city as a way of protesting against the on-going police operation code-named ‘Operation 100% Decongestion of the CBD’ being carried out by National Traffic Police.

 

 

The operators are alleged to have barricaded roads and threatened to beat up police officers who tried to contain the situation.

 

Police Spokesperson, Inspector James Sabau said police will not be deterred from carrying out their duty.

 

“This morning we arrested 8 operators, they are at Mbare Police Station. If they are in gear three we will go into gear four as we are trying to safeguard the lives of the travelling public,” Inspector Sabau said.

 

‘Operation 100% Decongestion of the CBD’ is a crackdown on errant operators and owners of public service vehicles which is in its second phase. It was launched on 30 August.

 

Superintendent Andrew Phiri said it is targeting vehicles operating without the requisite certification according to the Road Transportation Act.

 

“Vehicles will be released after the owner comes from court. We want to compile a database of previous convictions so as to persuade the courts for a custodial sentence,” said Superintendent Phiri.

 

The operation has seen over 1 000 vehicles being impounded for various offences since its launch with impounded vehicles being kept at Chikurubi Police Camp, City Council Yard and the VID, depending on the nature of violation of the Road Transportation Act.