BULAWAYO, Thursday, August 8, 1991 — Members of the North End Residents’ Association in Bulawayo are planning to send a petition to the Ministry of Transport and National Supplies demanding the introduction of regulations governing the operations of all buses for the safety of passengers.
Speaking during a meeting held at Baines Primary School on Tuesday night, the residents said they could not sit back and watch while innocent people lost their lives because of negligence by bus drivers and operators.
Also speaking at the meeting, the Member of Parliament for Bulawayo North, Cde John Nkomo, who is also the Minister of Labour, Manpower Planning and Social Welfare, said he was greatly disturbed by the Nyanga bus disaster and called on the Ministry of Home Affairs to increase motorcycle patrols on highways to ensure the safety of the passengers.
He appealed for discipline both from drivers and passengers saying that the latter were sometimes responsible for the drivers’ indiscipline. Cde Nkomo urged passengers to report indisciplined drivers to their companies after reaching their destinations.
Meanwhile, the Chartered Institute of Transport has urged the Government to seriously consider introducing regular road fitness tests for all buses.