commuter-omnibusess.jpgThe police clampdown on unroadworthy vehicles which began yesterday has begun yielding positive results as the Central Business District which had been turned into a traffic jungle has been cleared with most commuter omnibuses using the designated pick up points.


The Zimbabwe Republic Police finally took heed of the calls by various stakeholders to address the chaotic situation caused by errant commuter omnibus operators in the capital with an operation dubbed 100% decongestion in the CBD.


According to the spokesperson of the Zimbabwe Republic Police traffic section Inspector Tigere Chigome so far over 300 unroadworthy and unregistered commuter omnibuses have been impounded and this has brought normalcy on the capital’s roads.


“Our initial assessment has shown that sanity is beginning to be restored in the CBD. So far we have arrested drivers without the necessary documentation, while vehicles which are unroadworthy have been impounded,” Inspector Chigome.

While the operation is critical in bringing sanity on the roads, the commuting public has been hard hit as they are now forced to travel long distances into the city centre as commuter bus drivers are now dropping them far away from the central business district.

The operation has also received mixed reactions from commuter operations and taxi operators. Taxi operators are relieved that even unregistered taxis have been forced off the road, while the commuter operators say the fine of US$300 to reclaim their vehicles is too high.


The Harare City Council is on record as saying it has plans to introduce holding areas for the commuter omnibuses so that the city is decongested.


However there is need for an efficient urban transport system which provides intra-city shuttle buses from designated points for the commuting public.