Transport and Infrastructure Development Minister Felix Mhona has told the National Assembly that the government is taking action against people who are putting additional lights on their vehicles.
There are several Zimbabweans who have been pimping their vehicles by putting on additional lights, especially LED lightbars in from of their vehicles.
Although extra lights help to improve vision on the road, however, some of these lights have been used to blind other drivers at night on the roads.
Answering a question from Honourable Nyika who wanted to know what action the government is taking against such errant drivers, Minister Mhona, said there is an SI in place already.
He added that he would liaise with Home Affairs Minister Kazembe Kazembe over the issue.
“I want to thank Honourable Florence Nyika for a very pertinent question. Apparently, we have got a standing Statutory Instrument in place to punish those who are putting additional lights on their vehicles. Actually, some of the lights are hunting lights.
“I will liaise with my fellow Hon. Minister of Home Affairs so that we continue enforcing and those perpetrators are arrested.
” As lawmakers as well, if you witness such incidences, let us take that task on our shoulders so that we help in the enforcement in terms of making sure that we do not have those culprits,” he said.
Hunting lights menace
According to Iharare, the additional lights are ”…the New Menace on Zimbabwean roads causing fatal accidents at night.
“Zimbabwean motorists who are already struggling to navigate through the menace of poorly maintained roads have expressed dismay over the new trend of installing LED lights (hunting lights) on motor vehicles, citing that the excessive light emitted jeopardizes traffic safety.
An investigation conducted by iHarare has shown that the growing trend of installing hunting lamps is indeed hazardous to motorists.
There has been much debate on social media on whether installing these monstrous lights onto cars is even legal.”
Putting additional lights on your vehicle is a crime, Govt to take action, says Mhona