Government to increase surveillance and enforcement to flush out unauthorised passenger-carrying vehicles

By Tafadzwa Mupfururirwa
HARARE – Government is set to increase surveillance and enforcement to flush out unauthorised passenger-carrying vehicles which are not registered with ZUPCO to ensure the safety of travellers and adherence to Covid-19 regulations.
In a post cabinet media briefing in Harare yesterday, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting services, Senator Monica Mutsvangwa said government is concerned about the increase in the number of unregistered commuter omnibus operators.
“Cabinet notes with concern the upsurge in the use of unauthorised passenger-carrying vehicles that are not affiliated to ZUPCO on the roads. Social distancing and other Covid-19 measures are hardly being observed by passengers in these vehicles. Inorder to curb this development, the Vehicle Inspectorate Department (VID), the Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) and the Traffic Safety Council (ZTSC) are enhancing surveillance and enforcement,” said Mutsvangwa.
Senator Mutsvangwa said Cabinet noted the need to remind the public that all beer halls , bars, pubs and nightclubs remain closed. Bottle stores are expected to open strictly for takeaways, restaurants are expected to continue to be open for 50% sit-in capacity, takeaways and deliveries. Opening times for restaurants have been extended to 2100 hours.
The post cabinet briefing revealed that in a development aimed at increasing surveillance for Covid -19 in schools, the Provincial Education and Health focal teams have been successfully trained for Covid -19 response in schools.
“Each province has now developed a plan for implementation of enhanced infection prevention and control, surveillance, risk communication and community engagement. It is envisaged that compliance with standard operating procedures will be enhanced and buttressed by the standardised approach to the management of outbreaks in schools,” she said.
Cabinet approved a request by the Insurance and Pensions Commission (IPEC) to host a conference for Insurance regulators on condition that it is held at a large venue in Victoria Falls, that they use a combined mode of face to face & online discussions and they strictly adhere to Covid-19 regulations.

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