Transport operators say the government’s proposed road accident fund which is in line with the United Nations decade of road safety action plan is long overdue and should be speeded up to cushion accident victims who have suffered over the years.

The Zimbabwe Passenger Transport Organisation members have commended the government for spearheading the establishment of the proposed road accident fund.

The members said the proposed road accident fund is a step in the right direction as some of the SADC member countries had already implemented the fund serve for Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia.

The legislator for Dangamvura Chikanga constituency, Dr Esau Mupfumi and chairman of the Manicaland Bus Operators Association said passenger insurance had over the years failed to yield positive results and the coming in of the fund will bring order.

The passenger insurance fund had affected both operators and road accident victims hence the need to come up with a sustainable system that ensures road accident victims are well catered for, said one Leonard Mukumba.

The chairman of the Zimbabwe Passenger Transport Organisation, Mr Samson Nanhanga said the establishment of the accident fund was long overdue as only Zimbabwe, Mozambique and Zambia were legging behind in terms of implementing the road accident fund.

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

The consultation process which was being spearheaded by the TSCZ has been completed in all the provinces and views have been consolidated.

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