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500 000 vehicles unroadworthy: Mpofu

HARARE – There are more than 500 000 vehicles in Zimbabwe which are not roadworthy, while the same number of drivers are not licenced according to the Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Obert Mpofu. 

Accident near Kadoma in October
Accident near Kadoma in October

Speaking at the commemoration of the 35 Dzivarasekwa accident victims, most of them vegetable vendors who died on March 7, 2007 on their way to Mbare Musika, Mpofu said this situation has resulted in fatal road carnages.

“According to our assessment, over 500 000 vehicles are not road worthy thereby exposing other motorists to danger, leading to loss of lives,” he said.

“As a Ministry, we are liaising with other stakeholders to ensure that we come up with a legislation that will put an end to the carnage on our roads. We want discipline on our roads, therefore motorists should adhere to required traffic safety rules.

“We are looking into it, we are actually coming up with measures that will make it very difficult for those drivers who misbehave on our roads and we are serious and this is going to be very soon. The Government is not going to fold hands whilst the unwarranted wanton distraction of lives carries on.”