accident3.jpgGovernment is in the process of formulating road safety legislation as part of efforts to reduce carnage on the country’s roads.

 

This was said by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development, Mr. Patson Mbiriri at the launch of the Global Road Safety Week in Harare.

 

Faced with the grave situation that the country’s roads have become death traps to many people, this year several partners who include the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Vehicle Inspection Department (VID), the Driving Schools Association and the corporate world partnered with the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe to launch the Global Safety Week.

 

Mr. Mbiriri, who was guest of honour at the launch, said statistics have shown that the majority of accidents that occur on the country’s roads are due to human error and negligence.
 
“We want the use of retreads on kombis and buses to be prohibited completely, while big lorries should only be allowed to be fitted with retreads on back wheels. Most drivers are also reported to be indulging in risky behaviour on the roads like racing to meet targets.”

 

Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe Board chairperson, Dr Nyepudzayi Nyangulu urged transport operators to ensure that their vehicles are road worthy, and that they must employ qualified drivers.

 

He said: It is not acceptable that we are losing a lot of lives, in preventable road accidents. We need a policy shift, a change in mindset and unity of purpose if as a country we are going to decrease carnage on our roads.”
 
The Global Road Safety Week is coming at an appropriate time in Zimbabwe, as most horrific accidents normally occur between mid-July and August.

 

The theme for this year’s commemorations is ‘Road Safety – Everyone’s Concern.’

 

Zimbabwe is signatory to the Declaration by African Ministers Responsible for Transport and Infrastructure adopted in Addis Ababa in April 2005.