“Driving Begins @ 30” – Zimbabwe Government Raises Minimum Age for Public Service Drivers

“Driving Begins @ 30” – Zimbabwe Government Raises Minimum Age for Public Service Drivers – The Zimbabwean government has announced plans to increase the minimum age for all public service drivers, including those operating buses and kombis, to 30 and above. The move is in response to rising traffic accidents and fatalities largely attributed to reckless driving. By raising the minimum age, the government hopes to ensure that only mature and experienced drivers operate public service vehicles, thereby reducing the risk of accidents and fatalities. Speaking during a recent Senate Q&A session, Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Development Felix Mhona confirmed the government’s intention to synchronize the age limit of those who would then drive public service vehicles. Currently, the age limit for public vehicle drivers in the country is 25 years.

Zimbabwe suffers over 2,000 road traffic-related deaths each year, with reckless driving as the leading cause. The government believes that raising the minimum age limit for public service drivers will help to curb such incidents and make roads safer. The move has been met with mixed reactions from members of the public, with some highlighting the need for better driver training and regulation. Others have expressed concern that the new measure may limit job opportunities for young drivers in the transport sector.

While the Zimbabwean government’s plans to increase the minimum age for public service drivers have been widely welcomed, many believe that further measures are needed to tackle road accidents and fatalities. These could include increased driver education and training programs, stricter licensing regulations, and improved road infrastructure. With a concerted effort from the government and stakeholders across the transport sector, it is hoped that Zimbabwe’s roads can become safer and more secure for all who use them.

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