Po­lice launch probe into tyre bursts

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Front Page - Mun­yaradzi Musi­iwa

THE Zim­babwe Re­pub­lic Po­lice and the Traf­fic Safety Coun­cil of Zim­babwe have started car­ry­ing out re­search into ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing tyre bursts, fol­low­ing a se­ries of fa­tal road ac­ci­dents that oc­curred late last year and early this year.

In­di­ca­tions are that the re­search re­sults could lead to leg­is­la­tion com­pelling mo­torists who pur­chase sec­ond hand ve­hi­cles from Asia and Europe to change tyres be­fore they use the ve­hi­cles on lo­cal roads.

Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural De­vel­op­ment Min­is­ter Dr Jo­ram Gumbo con­firmed that the re­search had al­ready started, adding that the out­come of the re­search will as­sist the min­istry and law en­forcers to re­duce road ac­ci­dents.

“What is dis­turb­ing us is the in­crease in tyre burstin­duced ac­ci­dents. In this re­gard, my min­istry fully sup­ports the re­cent ban on im­por­ta­tion of the sec­ond hand tyres.

“I’m in­formed that ZRP and the TSCZ are car­ry­ing out re­search on the ac­ci­dents in­volv­ing tyre bursts for the first half of the year 2016.

“My min­istry is ea­gerly wait­ing for the re­sults of this ex­er­cise,” Min­is­ter Gumbo said.

Tyre bursts are usu­ally caused by us­ing sec­ond­hand tyres or those that don’t con­form to tech­ni­cal stan­dards, high tem­per­a­tures, driv­ing at high speed and stunts in­dulged in by reck­less driv­ers, par­tic­u­larly young­sters.

Other causes in­clude wrong air pres­sure, which changes the shape of tyres while mov­ing and col­li­sion of tyres with the side­walk or solid ob­jects that fall from other ve­hi­cles.

Un­der-in­fla­tion, over­load­ing and pot­holes have also con­tributed to tyre bursts.

Min­is­ter Gumbo also said there has been a mar­ginal de­crease in road ac­ci­dents in the first half of the year com­pared to the same pe­riod last year while the num­ber of deaths has in­creased.

“On av­er­age, there are five peo­ple killed daily on our roads while ap­prox­i­mately 38 per­sons are in­jured. While the num­ber of traf­fic ac­ci­dents which oc­curred dur­ing the first half of this year de­clined by six per­cent from 21,934 to 18,451, and the num­ber of deaths dropped by eight per­cent from 6,287 to 5,790, the Gov­ern­ment is wor­ried about the dis­as­ters that oc­curred dur­ing this pe­riod.

“Th­ese con­tributed to the in­crease in fa­tal­i­ties from 793 in 2015 to 847 for the same pe­riod this year,” he said.

Zim­babwe Re­pub­lic Po­lice na­tional spokesper­son Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Paul Nyathi con­firmed that they were con­duct­ing the re­search to­gether with TSCZ.

“We’re do­ing the re­search with TSCZ. How­ever, we will re­lease the sta­tis­tics soon,” he said.

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