Urban public transport improves as government intervenes.
Government is in a process of coming up with relevant regulations to operationalise the liberalisation of the Public transport sector. This follows the President’s statement on opening up of the public transportation sector to private players on Saturday.
Speaking in the Post cabinet briefing yesterday, the Minister of Local Government and Public works, Honourable July Moyo assured the nation that government had the situation under control as it is in the process of coming up with concrete solutions to the existing public transport challenges.
“Government takes this opportunity to assure citizens that it has the commuting public’s interests at heart, and will expend all efforts to ensure that the situation is expeditiously ameliorated, ” said Minister Moyo.
The regulations will go a long way in alleviating the plight of urban commuters. These will include the licensing of operators on any given route. Private and public transporters had clashed with law enforcement agents previously, hence the regulations will address the sticking points and ensure smooth and safe conveyance of the public.
The liberalisation of the transport sector shall be done under terms and conditions in direct response to the reduced incidences of Covid19 infections in the country as stated by the President in his statement on Saturday.
Meanwhile, government is however making amends and ensuring that there will be adequate availability of urban public transport. By end of day yesterday there was notable positive response by private owners of long distance buses to complement ZUPCO’s in ferrying passengers during peak hours.