kombiss.jpgGovernment is set to reintroduce the regulating of the transport sector following the abuse of the leeway it had given commuter omnibus operators.

 

The Ministry of Transport, Communication and Infrastructural Development has instigated an operation, to have a cost build up analysis of commuter operators and gazette fares so that commuters will not be overcharged.

 

The development follows the hiking of fares by commuter omnibus operators an action which many described as irresponsible.

 

Permanent Secretary in the ministry, Dr Patson Mbiriri said the ministry has deployed officers to do a survey and come up with maximum fares payable per route.

 

“We have deployed officers to have right fares, government takes up back its role to regulate the sector and see that the fares are enforced,” said Dr Mbiriri.

 

Dr Mbiriri urged the traveling public to resist unjustified fare increases.

 

Since the introduction of the multi-currency regime in February 2009, government deregulated the transport sector fares, with the belief that operators will be responsible and stick to fair charges.

 

However, commuter omni-bus operators have abused the system. Recently a newly formed Indigenous Commuter Operators Association of Zimbabwe also castigated the hiking of fares and promised to hold consultations with operators and government to chat the way forward.