great dyke accide.jpgThe Ministry of Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development says it will soon put in place transport policies which will be backed by awareness campaigns so as to curb roadside littering along highways as well as reducing accidents, urban air and noise pollution.

 

Speaking at a Transport and Environment Scientific Technical Stakeholders’ meeting in Harare, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport, Communication and Infrastructure Development, Mr Patson Mbiriri said his ministry is working on policies that also provide for stiffer penalties for road offenders especially those who throw litter on roads.

He said in urban centers and along highways, the culture of throwing rubbish through the windows of vehicles by travelers should be stopped as it has messed up the environment.

On the issue of statutory instrument 154 of 2010, which bans the importation of second hand vehicles which have been on the roads for five years or more, Mr Mbiriri said the law is meant to reduce air and noise pollution.

Professor Sarah Feresu, from the Institute of Environmental Studies at the University of Zimbabwe, said the increase in vehicles on the country’s roads while the infrastructure’s capacity remains unchanged is a cause for concern and needs to be corrected as this is causing congestion, urban air pollution and compromising safety on the  roads.

The implementation of the statutory instrument has however been deferred to July next year, to give more time for people to prepare for the provision some of which cost money.

The statutory instrument stipulates that all motor vehicles should have fire extinguishers, efficient jacks, breakdown triangles and it sets out specific requirements on tires and lights in order to reduce road carnage on the country’s roads.