The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural development is holding consultations with transport operators over the proposed phase out of left hand drive heavy trucks due to increased carnage on the roads.
The consultations which began last year are expected to come up with an amicable agreement that will see the introduction of a new regulation aimed at phasing out the use of left hand drive trucks on the countryâ€™s roads as some of these have been blamed for the accidents especially during the night.
Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development Secretary Mr. Partson Mbiriri says government aims to have a position agreed upon by all the stakeholders so that no one will be prejudiced.
Transport operators say while they agree that the left hand drive trucks can cause traffic road accidents there is need for government to give them a grace period of between five to ten years as some operators recently imported these kind of trucks from Europe.
The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Infrastructural Development says the regulation will come into effect as soon as all stakeholders agree on a common position.
Most of the left hand drives are imported from Europe and transforming them to right hand drive is a costly exercise that is done in South Africa and beyond.