The joint operation being carried by the ZRP and the City of Harare to decongest traffic in the capitalâ€™s Central Business District has begun but has been met with mixed feelings with commuters and operators saying it has brought more inconveniences.The city of Harare has been characterised by chaos caused by errant commuter omnibus drivers. Relevant authorities have moved in to restore sanity in the former sunshine city.
However, the beginning of the exercise has badly affected the commuters who are now being dropped outside town.
Some commuter omnibuses are now charging a dollar per trip claiming the extra money is for paying the police.
Commuters who were interviewed lamented the inconvenience caused by the commuter omnibus drivers and called on the relevant authorities to restore order.
Transporters Association of Zimbabwe National Chairman, Mr. Wilbert Zhakata applauded the operation but called on the police to deal with unregistered operators who cause confusion. He also called for the establishment of more bus termini.
Zimbabwe Republic Police spokesperson for Harare province, Inspector James Sabau said police are ready to make sure that the exercise is sustainable as efforts have been intensified to deal with errant commuter omnibus operators who had taken over the Central Business District.
With tens of thousands of drivers taking to the roads each day, driving in Harare during peak periods is now a nightmare worse still during the rainy season.
Roads in the capital are failing to cope with the increasing vehicle population.
This Wednesday morning there was order as the commuter omnibus drivers had taken heed of the warning to use the designated pick up and drop off zones.
Meanwhile, the Zimbabwe Republic Police has announced that only the traditional bus termini, such as the one at charge office, Fourth Street and market square, among others are the legal ones.
All street ranks have been declared illegal.