6 July 2016

Tanzania: Bus Firms Shut Down Following Spate of Accidents

Photo: The Citizen
Parked buses.

Dar, Dodoma and Singida — Transport authorities yesterday shut down the operations of three bus companies following the recent spate of accidents that claimed the lives of nearly 100 people in less than one week

The Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (Sumatra) and traffic police were jolted into action as the nation reeled from Monday's bus crash in Manyoni District that left 31 people dead.

Two buses belonging to City Boy Company collided head-on in the grisly crash, which police described as an act of manslaughter by the drivers who were apparently putting on a show on the road that ended tragically.

It was the worst road crash this year, and came in the wake of a series of fatal mishaps involving mainly long distance buses that have left the public questioning the commitment by the government to act with finality and tame rogue motorists.

On Tuesday, Sumatra director general Gilliard Ngewe announced at a press conference that the agency has revoked the licences of City Boy, Mohammed Trans and Ota bus companies for violating transport regulations.

The ban bit almost immediately, with dozens of travellers who were expected to travel to various destinations were stranded. Mohammed Trans operates in all the Lake Zone districts for many years. City Boy also commanded the routes from Kahama District while Ota dominated the Dar-Kagera route.

Meanwhile, one more passenger has died, bringing the Manyoni accident death toll to 31. The victim passed away at the Dodoma Referral Hospital where those who were seriously injured had been rushed to.

In Singida, Regional Police Commander Thobias Sedoyeka said on Tuesday that Jeremia Martin, 34, a resident of Dar es Salaam, the driver of one of the City Boy buses, has been arrested.

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