THE National Professional Drivers’ Association Trust (NPDAT) in conjunction with Pay-Able Investments (Pvt) Ltd yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) that will see public transport drivers and their families getting funeral policies.
The funeral policy is meant to help drivers get instant cash when they lose their loved ones.
Public transport drivers will benefit from cash payouts ranging from $250 to $1 600 depending on the monthly premium they would have chosen, with the lowest being $1.
Speaking at the signing of the MoU at the Basch Street terminus, popularly known as Egodini, NPDAT chief executive officer Albert Sibanda, said drivers were not represented well and the policy would go a long way in cushioning them in times of need.
“The MoU that we are signing today is all about safeguarding the funeral policy plan of our drivers and their support staff right across the transport industry,” Sibanda said.
He said the agreement was transparent and there was no abuse or misinterpretation of the terms of the agreement as they want to deliver good services to the community.
“Our terms of reference are very clear and straightforward for both parties and no party shall abuse the facility or misinterpret the terms in the MoU,” he said.
Pay-Able Investment director Efurata Mumba highlighted the abuse of drivers by operators whom she said were profit-driven forcing drivers to speed risking the lives of passengers in the process.
“We have joined hands with NPDAT so that we could conduct meetings and forums of educating our drivers on how to be cautious on the roads and the importance of observing traffic regulations, so that we preserve precious lives (and) at the same time improving the drivers’ social lives and that of their families,” Mumba said.
“Zimbabwean drivers are not taken seriously as they are employed at street corners and paid on commission. To meet set targets, they speed leading to horrific accidents.”
Bulawayo Provincial Affairs minister Eunice Sandi Moyo cautioned drivers to change their behaviour and practice good transport ethics for public safety.
“The most dominant cause of accidents is human error due to misbehaviour on the roads and it has come to our attention (that) drivers and transport operators connive to commit genocide on our roads.
“Be warned that the government is not folding its hands while the situation is getting out of hand,” Sandi Moyo said in a speech read on her behalf by an official from her office.
She said the public should witness the change in behaviour, mindset and approach to good transport business ethics and respect through such initiatives.