Kombi operators feel the pinch

Commuter transport operators in Gweru are engaging residents to counter unregistered public transporters, a Gweru Taxi Association (GTA) official has said.

By Stephen Chadenga

GTA vice chairman, Kilifford Dube said members of his association were losing business to pirate transporters hence the
idea to engage police, council and Zimbabwe Revenue Authority to map a strategy to deal with illegal transport operators.

“We are fast losing business from unregistered operators hence the need for a concerted effort to deal with them,” Dube said on the side-lines of the association’s stakeholder’s meeting at Gweru Rural police station yesterday.

“We have engaged the Zimbabwe Republic Police, Zimbabwe Revenue Authority, Gweru City Council, Zimbabwe National Road Authority and the Vehicle Investigation Department so that there would be combined operations on pirate operators.”

Dube said they came up with proposals at the meeting that once caught the unregistered operators should be handed to relevant authorities in the same manner the association’s members were treated.

“When members of our association are for example arrested by police they are handed to the VID and the same should apply to pirate operators,” he said.

The operators pointed to the mushrooming Honda Fit vehicle owners as the main culprits operating illegal in the taxi business.

Officials from Gweru traffic police promised to carry combined operations with other stakeholders against pirate operators.

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