Proposal To Replace Road Transport With Rail Could Harm Economy

Zimbabwe's proposed plans to ban bulk road transportation in favor of rail transport could have a negative impact on the country's broader economy. The plan would see the ailing state run railway company earn up to 2 billion dollars per year if handed the monopoly. However, stakeholders in the transport sector fear the freight, clearing and fuel industries could become casualties of this plan. Banning road haulage could shrink fuel imports and result in countless job losses, as the bulk of diesel imports feed the trucking industry and generate significant tax revenue for government. Industry players are suggesting a fiscal solution as an alternative
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