Police warn bus operators caught breaching ban on intercity travel

Zimstar News

Police Saturday threatened punitive action on bus operators who may try to take advantage of schools reopening this Monday to breach government’s continued ban on intercity public transport services.

In a statement, police press and public relations’ Superintendent Resistant Ncube reiterated that intercity travel remains prohibited in the country despite the current heightened demand for both urban commuter and intercity transport.

“The Zimbabwe Republic Police reiterates that under the current Level IV COVID-19 regulations, intercity movements are still prohibited. Only commercial cargo and essential services are allowed,” he said.

“Therefore, intercity travelling by bus operators remains banned unless such operators are doing so to transport school children as stated by the Government of Zimbabwe.

“Police at all checkpoints will ensure safe and easy passage of buses carrying learners back to school without any delay.”

Ncube said “bus operators who take advantage of the government reprieve only to abuse it by transporting ordinary passengers and not school children will risk being arrested and their buses impounded”.

He added, “The Zimbabwe Republic Police will be in full force monitoring transport operators who would want to take advantage of the pronouncement to carry and cash in on other passengers during this school opening period.”

Police announced recently it has impounded 50 buses whose owners have been flouting the ban on intercity travel.

Government’s continued ban on intercity travel has been described as an unnecessary hindrance to public convenience and the pursuit of a decent living by hard-pressed operators and their workers who have endured continued stoppages to their operations since government decreed its lockdown March 2020.