Govt cuts red tape

To set up trans­port man­age­ment cen­tre

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - Business -

THE Gov­ern­ment said it plans to es­tab­lish an allpur­pose trans­port man­age­ment cen­tre that will house in­sti­tu­tions in­volved in li­cens­ing, road use and man­age­ment as a means to cut red tape as well as cor­rup­tion.

Trans­port and In­fras­truc­tural Devel­op­ment per­ma­nent sec­re­tary, Mr Munesu Mun­odawafa said the min­istry had ac­quired 3,3 hectares of land along the Harare-Bu­l­awayo high­way, near the Kuwadzana round­about where the new head­quar­ters would be con­structed. A to­tal of $630 000 has so far been spent in ac­quir­ing the land and ini­tial devel­op­ment works, he said.

Pro­vi­sion­ally, the build­ing would house the Cen­tral Ve­hi­cle Reg­istry (CVR), Ve­hi­cle In­spec­tion De­part­ment (VID) and the Road Mo­tor Trans­port (RMT) de­part­ment which is re­spon­si­ble for is­su­ing li­cences for pub­lic trans­port providers.

“The dis­tance be­tween those two cen­tres (VID and CVR) at times cre­ates loop­holes and causes peo­ple to cut cor­ners,” Mr Mun­odawafa said at a pre-bud­get meet­ing.

“You have a pa­per that has to be signed at CVR and you need an­other one at the VID and this forces peo­ple to cut cor­ners so we have de­cided that we want to build a trans­port man­age­ment cen­tre where we will house RMT, CVR and VID.”

The VID, pri­mar­ily re­spon­si­ble for is­suance of cer­tifi­cate of fit­ness for ve­hi­cles es­pe­cially pub­lic trans­porters as well as li­cens­ing and test­ing of driv­ers, is ac­cused of be­ing one of the most cor­rupt Gov­ern­ment de­part­ments.

“Once our plan is ap­proved, we will start build­ing a TMC and we will move the chaos and con­ges­tion that is in Eastlea and Belvedere and at the CVR,” Mr Mun­odawafa said.

Mean­while, Mr Mun­odawafa said his min­istry was ap­peal­ing to the Gov­ern­ment to in­crease its re­tainer fee for rev­enues mo­bilised from VID ser­vices from the cur­rent 5 per­cent to 15 per­cent to en­able the de­part­ment to fund its ex­pan­sion ac­tiv­i­ties.

“We have iden­ti­fied 10 VID sites that we could do but we are fail­ing to move on to do that be­cause we do not have fund­ing,” he said.

He said RMT was also de­cen­tral­is­ing its of­fice which only used to be in Harare, dis­ad­van­tag­ing the pub­lic.

“We have started a project of de­cen­tral­i­sa­tion and opened an of­fice in Mutare at a cost of $214 000,” said Mr Mun­odawafa, adding of­fices were also be­ing es­tab­lished in Chin­hoyi, Gweru and Masvingo. — New Ziana.

Mr Munesu Mun­odawafa

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