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Public Transport Policy PART I

PREAMBLE TO PUBLIC TRANSPORT POLICY

The policy shall be known as the City Of Bulawayo Public Transport Policy. (Drafted by the Bulawayo City Council in consultation with the stakeholders.)

The policy is based on the following which are the foundations of the City of Bulawayo thrust.

THE CITY'S VISION

  • Bulawayo, the City of Kings, Leader in local governance excellence.

THE CITY'S MISSION

  • Committed to excellence in local governance through the provision of quality services to the satisfaction of the stakeholders

THE CITIZEN'S CHARTER

Bulawayo, City of Kings, Leader in Local Governance Excellence, commits itself through various functional areas to;

  • The provision of a financially sustainable, economically vibrant, healthy, secure, safe, pleasant and attractive city to live and do business in.
  • The provision of quality, affordable, efficient and accessible services with full participation of all stakeholders in line with government policy.

Interpretation of terms.

Bus stop - a designated place where public transport vehicles stop for passengers to board or to alight.

(These are normally positioned on the highway and are distinct from off-highway facilities such as bus stations. Bus stops are generally characterised by shelters with seating benches.)

Bulawayo City Council - the local planning authority that is responsible for the management, policy formulation and implementation of policies within the city of Bulawayo and shall be referred to as "Council" throughout this Policy document.

CBD - Central Business District or the city centre.

City of Bulawayo Traffic Enforcement - the Local Authority security personnel.

Council controlled area - means any area within the jurisdiction of Bulawayo City Council.

Commuter Omnibus - a passenger vehicle with a carrying capacity of not less than 12 passengers.

Management - a governing body

Metered Taxi - a public service vehicle with a seating capacity of not more than seven passengers also known as taxicab.

Operator - a person who operates a machine, instrument, for the purposes of this document an operator is a person who runs, manages a public service vehicle.

Passenger - A person who travels in a public service vehicle. A passenger is a term broadly used to describe any person who travels in a vehicle, but bears little or no responsibility for the tasks required for that vehicle to arrive at its destination.

Pick up point - a designated area where only picking up or dropping off of passengers is allowed without any ranking or waiting for passengers to arrive.

Public parking area - means any area designated as a parking area in terms of the Bulawayo (Roads and Traffic) By-laws, 1978 published in Statutory Instrument 96 of 1978 and any other roads and traffic by-laws which council may from time to time make.

Public Service Vehicles (PSV) are vehicles that carry passengers for a fee. PSV's are separated into two categories:

  • Large Public Service Vehicle - LPSV (Vehicle capable of carrying more than eight passengers - Busses)
  • Small Public Service Vehicle - SPSV (Vehicles capable of carrying eight passengers or less only - Taxi')

Public transport - a shared passenger transportation service which is available for use by the general public, as distinct from modes such as taxicab, car pooling or hired buses which are not shared by strangers without private arrangement

Public transport (also public transportation or public transit) is a shared passenger transportation service which is available for use by the general public, as distinct from modes such as taxicab, car pooling or hired buses which are not shared by strangers without private arrangement.

Prescribed penalty - means the penalty prescribed or acknowledged in terms of the Bulawayo (Roads and Traffic) By-Laws ,1978 published in statutory 96 of 1978.

Rank - a facility where public service vehicles load passengers

Road - the vehicular runway (usually tarmac surfaced) where loading or dropping off of passengers is prohibited.

Road verge - the edge of any road runway whereon loading or offloading vehicles should and may stop, on condition that the entire vehicle is off the runway.

Terminus - An end point on a transportation line or the town in which it is located can also be known as a designated facility where public service vehicles rank and queue for loading passengers and may be used for offloading passengers.

Tout - someone who advertises for customers in an especially brazen way

Transport - something that serves as a means of transportation

Transportation system - a facility consisting of the means and equipment necessary for the movement of passengers or goods

The Police - the Zimbabwe Republic Police.

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