National police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba

The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has called on public vehicle service owners to employ drivers that meet the stipulated age and have requisite qualifications for public service vehicle.

The call comes after statistics indicating an increase of 22 road traffic accidents during this year’s Zimbabwe Defence Forces and Heroes Day holidays as compared to the same period last year.

The ZRP said the number of road traffic accidents during the just ended Heroes and Defence Forces holidays increased from 119 last year to 141 this year with the number of deaths remaining at 13.

ZRP national spokesperson, Senior Assistant Commissioner Charity Charamba said motorists should avoid speeding and avoid overtaking where the condition do not permit.

She also called on public vehicle service owners to employ drivers that meet the stipulated age of 25 and qualifications for public service vehicles.

“We are urging motorists to respect the road traffic regulations. Please avoid overtaking or speeding for the sake of doing so. Also we are warning all motorists who flout road rules and regulations that police officers will be on the roads to ensure that the law takes its course,” she said.

Senior Assistant Commissioner Charamba warned that a law is on course to call owners of public transport who employ unqualified drivers.

“It is quite disheartening to note that there are some public vehicle service owners who are still employing drivers that do not meet the stipulated age of 25 and above. We as a police we are urging the public service vehicle owners to stick to the regulations. Also the drivers should respect every road user since it is their right to use the roads,” she added.

While there was an increase in the number of accidents the positive has been that the number of fatal accidents reduced slightly from 11 to 10, while the number of people injured also slightly decreased.