A proposed road accident fund is anticipated to be fully operational by 2018 to give a new lease of life to road traffic accident victims who have been receiving a raw deal from insurance companies.

Consultation process to establish the road accident fund were held in Mutare drawing together service providers and other key road traffic players.

Giving an overview of the proposed road accident fund, the Director for Transport Management in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development Mr Allowance Sango said there is need to create a sustainable system that ensures road traffic accident victims are catered for.

The Managing Director for the Traffic Safety Council of Zimbabwe (TSCZ) Mr Obio Murambiwa Chinyere said government in its wisdom realised the plight of the road traffic accident victims in terms of compensation and other related services, hence the need to come up with a post crash fund.

Participants said the establishment of fund was long overdue and proposed that the fund should be administered by TSCZ.

Road traffic accidents have claimed many lives with over 30 000 people injured every year.

Under the proposed fund, service providers such as ambulances and hospitals will be paid for while the injured will also be compensated.

The fund will also spearhead the training of specialised health personnel.