Mo­torists welcome new Sadc stan­dard road signs

Chronicle (Zimbabwe) - - National News/feature - Nqobile Tshili Chron­i­cle Cor­re­spon­dent

MO­TORISTS in Bu­l­awayo have wel­comed new road signs be­ing in­stalled by the lo­cal author­ity say­ing stan­dard­i­s­a­tion of road signs in the SADC re­gion makes it easy for them to nav­i­gate across neigh­bour­ing coun­tries.

In sep­a­rate in­ter­views, mo­torists said some of them drive across the re­gion hence it was im­por­tant to have uni­form road signs re­gion­ally.

The Bu­l­awayo City Coun­cil (BCC) re­cently started in­stalling the new signs in line with SADC reg­u­la­tions on roads in a move that com­plies with Gov­ern­ment’s Statu­tory In­stru­ment 41 of 2016.

Mo­torists who spoke to The Chron­i­cle com­mended coun­cil, but added that it should have done some cam­paigns be­fore the in­stal­la­tion.

“We were shocked to just come across the new sign posts. Cam­paigns should have been con­ducted prior to the in­stal­la­tion of the new signs. The Give Way sign has been re­placed with a Stop sign but what is left is for coun­cil to com­plete the process by draw­ing the mark­ings be­cause with just a Stop sign, it is not clear where one is sup­posed to stop,” said Mr Brighton Kari­ma­zondo.

An­other mo­torist, Mr Daniel Nkomo, said the new signs are al­ready in use in coun­tries such as South Africa and Botswana.

“A lot of us travel across the re­gion. We come across these signs when­ever we are driv­ing in the re­gion. I think coun­cil did well,” said Mr Nkomo.

The city’s Town Clerk, Mr Christo­pher Dube, urged mo­torists to ex­er­cise cau­tion on the roads as coun­cil is still to com­plete the new road signs in­stal­la­tion pro­ject.

“The mo­tor­ing pub­lic is there­fore ad­vised to ex­er­cise cau­tion when driv­ing in these ar­eas dur­ing the in­stal­la­tion of these road signs. The City of Bu­l­awayo is cur­rently erect­ing the signs and there­after road line mark­ings will be done. Res­i­dents are ad­vised that the new signs will be com­ple­mented with ap­pro­pri­ate road line mark­ings be­fore they are com­mis­sioned,” said Mr Dube.

Traf­fic Safety Coun­cil of Zim­babwe spokesper­son Mr Ta­tenda Chokuda said the new signs are in line with the re­vised High­way Code that they have started to im­ple­ment.

He said the new High­way Code should be fully im­ple­mented by the end of 2025.

“The road signs are not en­tirely new to our cross bor­der drivers who ac­quaint with them as they drive in the SADC re­gion. This is not to say TSCZ is not gen­er­at­ing aware­ness. By the way the new look High­way Code will be wholly adopted after De­cem­ber, 31, 2025. TSCZ has al­ready em­barked on ac­cel­er­ated com­mu­ni­ca­tion around the new signs via so­cial me­dia, mass me­dia, road shows, ex­hi­bi­tions and fairs,” said Mr Chokuda.—@nqot­shili

A BMW driver goes through a red robot along Lu­veve Road in Bu­l­awayo re­cently. Through their ac­tions the mo­torists put their lives and those of other road users at risk as hu­man er­ror is the lead­ing cause of road ac­ci­dents in Zim­babwe

Prof Jonathan Moyo

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