Zupco seeks to boost fleet


Caroline Chiimba

THE Zimbabwe United Passenger Company Limited (Zupco) has invited private commuter omnibus operators to join its franchise arrangement to carry passengers in urban areas to meet demand under the current coronavirus lockdown.

This comes as Zupco acting divisional head Tito Chirawu said the company had few buses to cater for increased passengers.

In a statement, Zupco invited private operators to bring their omnibuses with certificates of fitness, insurance cover and own drivers to operate under the company’s franchise.

“Drivers of the omnibus should possess a valid Class 2 licence, defensive driving certificate and A medical certificate. All interested omnibus operators must bring their vehicles for vetting at their nearest Zupco depot in their province,” the statement read.

This comes a few days after Zupco brought back its 500 franchised kombis into operation to ease pressure following the announcement of Level 2 national lockdown where the number of people going to work has increased.

Meanwhile, Passengers Association of Zimbabwe (PAZ) president Tafadzwa Goliati said the government should consider revoking Zupco monopoly and allow other players….

“Zupco buses are being overwhelmed by workers in the formal sector who resumed operations after the Covid-19 lockdown was eased to Level 2. The situation is exacerbated by the unavoidable social distance requirement for passengers,” Goliati said.

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