Police have impounded more than 100 commuter omnibuses under an operation aimed at bringing back sanity into the central business district.
Disgruntled commuter omnibus owners and drivers whose vehicles were impounded gathered at Mbare and Southerton Police Stations on Wednesday, demanding their property back.
Police traffic national spokesperson Tigere Chigome said the vehicles had been impounded for various offences.
He said the operation was yielding results considering the number of commuter omnibuses impounded.
“We have 111 commuter omnibuses which have been impounded since last Friday and we are happy with the results so far,” said Chigome.
Chigome said bad driving by commuter omnibus drivers was a major cause for concern and the main reason the operation had been launched.
“The vehicles have been impounded for various offences ranging from fitness, insurance, driving without a licence, driving below age, driving without re-test and also driving vehicles with shattered windscreens.”
“Impounded kombis will only be released after owners satisfy the requirements. Shattered windscreens will have to be fixed in our yards before we release them,” said Chigome.
He said impounding vehicles was the best option as fines had proved not deterrent enough.
“We have seen that making drivers pay a fine for their offences does not help in any way because they continue to drive with the same problem which they were arrested for. So we have resolved to impound vehicles,” said Chigome.
He added: “This is not going to stop. This is an ongoing exercise until we bring sanity onto our roads.”