Legal operating systems for kombis on cards

Capitalk Reporter/ The Herald |  2 months ago | local

Private-owned commuter omnibuses have been given the green light to operate while the government works on regulatory legislation which will govern their conduct.

This follows the recent lifting of a ban on private players in the public transport sector by President Mnangagwa.

In his announcement on May 7, this year, the President announced the lifting of the ban coupled with benefits from a duty-free importation scheme for buses valid for a year.

The President said this while addressing the nation on measures adopted by the Government to restore confidence in the economy following unjustified price hikes recently.

Clarifying on the issue of commuter omnibuses popularly known as “kombis”, Local Government and Public Works Minister July Moyo said commuter omnibus operators have been allowed to operate by the President and Government is putting together legislation to govern their operation.

Chairperson of Bindura Commuter Omnibus Operators, Mr Edmore Mutseketu welcomed lifting of the ban on kombis. He called on government to include various acts in the regulatory framework that affect public transport, such as the legal relationships between the transport operators, government, and passengers.

Mr Mutseketu appealed to government to create a platform for dialogue and give people a grace period instead of abruptly imposing bans, adding that setting up of association and public administration bodies will bring sanity in the operation of kombis.

Private transport operators were banned since the first Covid-19 induced lockdown in March 2021 and only transport operators affiliated to ZUPCO were allowed operate by the Government