By Shorai Murwira
The Zimbabwe Republic Police (ZRP) has cleared the air on the issue of non-ZUPCO registered vehicles used to ferry school children.
This follows news circulating on social media vehicles not registered under ZUPCO would be impounded even if they were school or company buses.
“The ZRP wishes to set the record straight on the use of company and school owned buses to carry staff and pupils through-out the country,” read part of the statement released by the police.
“In enforcing the government’s COVID-19 regulations on transporters, the ZRP will ensure that company owned and buses which have the requisite documents, proof of ownership and all relevant registration process are allowed passage at the road blocks.”
However, the police said they would impound public service vehicles ferrying passengers whilst they were not registered under ZUPCO franchise.
Transport became a challenge when Government eased lockdown regulations on travelling allowing those considered as providing non-essential services to travel.
This led to non-ZUPCO franchise vehicles flooding the cities to ferry people to and from work ‘illegally’.