We wonder why this was even allowed in the first place, but Government has banned, with immediate effect, the driving of all motor vehicles whose conditions endanger other road users. Yes, that jalopy of yours could get you in the slammer.
According to the recent Government Gazette, the same Statutory Instrument that brings into effect spare wheels and wheel spanners among other items, “Statutory Instrument 129 of 2015: Vehicles in dangerous condition” states “No person shall drive on any road a motor vehicle or trailer, which is in such condition as to endanger any person on the vehicle or on the road.” Who deems a vehicle fit for the road? No mention is made if it is the Vehicle Inspection Department (VID), police or there is a standard document that serves as a template.
According to the Herald, there are a host of other new traffic regulations that all local drivers need to comply with:
- Public service and heavy vehicles with a net mass of 4,600 kg or more should be fitted with speed monitoring or speed limiting devices. These must be approved by the Standards Association of Zimbabwe.
- Records from the devices fitted to these vehicles should be kept in a safe place by the owner for a period of not less than six months.
- Motorists should not carry more than five passengers. (Basically, if you’re car has yellow number plates, you can not pirate. You need to register as a Public Service Vehicle – red and white number plates).
- Children under the age of 10 should not sit on the front passenger seat unless it is a single cab or pick-up truck.
- No person shall drive a vehicle on any road unless all glass or other transparent material fitted to the vehicle is maintained in such a condition that does not interfere with the driver’s vision and where such material is tinted, it shall ensure a safety degree of visibility.
- In the case of a passenger public service vehicle fitted with single tyres, on the front and rear axles, all such tyres shall not be retreaded tyres.
- No person shall leave a stationary motor vehicle, unattended, with the engine of such vehicle running.
- Every vehicle, motor cycle and trailer is required to have a rear registration light (white light), capable of illuminating the rear registration number plate.
- No pedal cyclist can ride a bicycle without a lamp showing a white light in front and another one or more lamps emitting a red light directly to the rear.
- It should also be equipped with two efficient brakes — one on the rear wheel and the other one on the front.
- No person shall also drive a motor cycle, whether with or without a side-car, without more than two lamps, tail lamps and stop lights.
Clearly it looks like we should all get our hands on this Statutary Instrument and make sure that we acquaint ourselves and are compliant so as to avoid the risks of either “a fine or imprisonment”.
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