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Govt suspends Rimbi, Zebra Kiss bus licences

HARARE — The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development has suspended the licences of Rimbi Travel and Tours and Tashllyt Investments Trading as Zebra Kiss from operating all its omnibuses in all the routes for dangerous driving in breach of the terms and conditions of the two operators’ licenses.

The suspension is with immediate effect.

This comes after the two parties violated their operating regulations leading to the fatal Road Traffic Accident (RTA), that occurred on 17 January 2023 in Mutoko District along the Harare-Nyamapanda Highway.

The two passenger transport service vehicles were captured on camera racing.

The accident has so far claimed one life and caused serious injury of many passengers, the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development said.

In a state Transport minister Felix Mhona said similar suspensions will be issued out to any errant operators.

I have directed that this provision be implemented dutifully, consistently and religiously going forward, with the view to weed out all errant operators from our roads,” he said.

“In view of the incessant road fatalities being recorded on our roads, I have taken a bold stance to reduce road carnage as the Minister responsible for administering laws and regulations on road traffic and safety management. This is in line with targets contained in the National Development Strategy (NDS) 1 (2021-2025) which seeks to reduce road accidents and fatalities by a 25% margin per annum. Going forward, we shall build on this momentum of strict enforcement of road motor transportation and safety for the safety and well-being of the people.”

“I wish to remind and warn all Transport Operators, Associations, motorists and members of the public that the Ministry will take stern measures provided by our laws against those who wantonly and blatantly violate road traffic rules and regulations.”