The organisation which represents driving schools, the Zimbabwe Driving Schools Owners Association (ZDSO), has welcomed the planned re-opening of the Vehicle Inspection Department, saying the move will revitalise them.
ZDSO national council chairman Prosper Dowa told ZTN that their sector was on tottering on the brink of collapse due to the coronavirus-induced closure. He said:
We are excited, this is the day we have been praying for quite a long time. During this difficult period, most of us laid-off workers while others closed shop because it had become difficult to meet our obligations.
But with VID set to open we know that prospective drivers and those drivers who need refresher courses and retesting will be coming through to seek out services before heading to VID. Government has given us a kiss of life.
On Tuesday, Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa told reporters during a post-Cabinet briefing that VID will soon resume its service to support the lifting of the inter-city travel ban that has been in place since late March when Zimbabwe introduced a lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the novel coronavirus.