Zupco suspends driver over freak accident

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Munashe Mukahlera

Zimbabwe’s sole public transport provider, the Zimbabwe United Passenger Company, Zupco, has suspended the driver of a bus which was captured on CCTV almost knocking down a pedestrian last week.

Zupco marketing and public relations officer, Sikhanyisiwe Ncube spoke to ZTN News, “We have suspended the driver but we are making further investigation especially with regard to the woman who was on the side of the road. We will issue a public statement.

“We have our inspectors who will keep on tracking to follow up in making sure that we have a system that flows well. The department of risk and loss control will also look into the matter,” she said.

Meanwhile, Zupco is encouraging private transport providers to register under its franchise.

This comes after government announced that in a bid to make the transport sector more orderly, operators who want to have their vehicles on the road should register their vehicles under the Zupco franchise.

“As you are aware, we have got a franchise system in which we are calling upon commuter omnibuses to come and register so that they can also get into our system,” Ncube said.

She highlighted the following requirements for private commuters to register under Zupco.

1) Operator’s license
2) Certificate of fitness
3) Vehicle Insurance
4) Passenger Insurance
5) Should be members of NSSA and government authority
6) Driver’s Medical Certificate
7) Valid Driver’s Licence