The Government of Zimbabwe has lifted its ban on Bus operator Rimbi Tours and subsequently cancelled the transporter’s permit to operate the Harare-Nyamapanda Route.
Rimbi Tours was initially banned when its bus that was racing with a Zebra Kiss bus rammed into the back of a Shacman Tipper which was travelling in the same direction, killing one and injuring several others.
Both transporters were suspended in terms of sections 51, 52 and 53 of the Road Traffic Act, which prohibits driving without due care and attention or reasonable consideration for others, negligent or dangerous driving and reckless driving.
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Announcing Rimbi’s return in a statement, the government wrote;
The Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development wishes to advise the public that it has lifted the suspension of the licence for operation of all omnibuses belonging to Rimbi Travel and Tours Pvt Ltd.
The lifting of the suspension follows the submission of comprehensive measures that have been put in place by the Operator to avert such incidents in the future.
Prior to the Road Traffic Accident that occurred on 17 January 2023, efforts were made by stakeholders in the passenger transport sector to resolve the route conflict between Rimbi Travel and Tours Pvt Ltd and Tashllyt Investments Pvt Ltd trading as Zebra Kiss.
The Ministry has therefore seen it in the best interest of all concerned stakeholders to cancel all Route Permits for Rimbi Travel and Tours Pvt on the Harare to Nyamapanda route.
The Operator has consented to this arrangement and will be allowed to service other routes across the country.
The Ministry will continue to enforce and monitor compliance with the terms and conditions of all operators’ licences, including measures against reckless and negligent driving.