Harare, Zimbabwe. -The Passenger Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) has expressed concern over the rise of passengers boarding private vehicles which they said endangers their lives in the event that they are involved in a car accident as most of them are not insured.
Most passengers just board private vehicles without checking if they are fully insured putting their lives at risk, as most drivers are unknown to the commuting public.
Under Zimbabwean laws, all passenger-carrying vehicles must have two types of cover; Comprehensive cover for damage to the carrier in the event of an accident and secondly, Passenger Liability Cover that covers the travelling public.
The police also have a mandate to make sure that all vehicles without the two insurance covers are removed from the road completely.
PAZ founder and President, Tafadzwa Goliati told this reporter that the association is deeply worried by the alarming increase of unlicensed and uninsured vehicles, which it says the police have failed to remove on the streets and the country’s major highways.
“Passengers should not use private vehicles when they are travelling since they do not know the drivers and most of the cars are not registered to carry the commuting public.
“The travelling public should always use public service vehicles with red and white plates and also displaying an insurance cover disc.
“A road accident occurred recently in Mvuma when a male adult, who was driving a Toyota Wish vehicle, overtook in front of oncoming traffic, resulting in a head-on collision with the driver of a Toyota Corolla, who was travelling towards Harare.
“This resulted in the death of one passenger on the spot and three others died on admission at Muonde District Hospital and worse still the driver of the Toyota Wish fled the accident scene,” he said.
Goliati also implored schools to make sure that pupils should always use public vehicles when commuting to and from their respective schools.
“All schools must use public vehicles which are insured and if they have difficulty in finding them we will assist as PAZ.
“Children are always overloaded in Honda Fits putting their lives at great risk, with most of them not licensed to carry passengers and the behavior of the drivers is questionable.
“In addition schools should shield students and staff by ensuring that they travel with roadworthy, insured kombis and buses.”
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