By Marshall Bwanya
Harare City Council (HCC) says it is still assessing the impact of its ambitious project of mobile solar traffic lights launched last Friday though citizens are already expressing mixed feelings over the initiative.
HCC spokesperson Michael Chideme said they were still assessing the impact of the mobile solar traffic lights and how they were managing in reducing traffic jams and accidents.
“We are piloting the mobile solar traffic lights to gauge how they work during the times we do not have conventional power, so far the pilot is getting the necessary acknowledgement from the motoring public.
“The mobile solar traffic lights will pilot at a number of intersections while we assess their impact in promoting road safety,” said Chideme.
However motorists who spoke to this publication expressed mixed reactions concerning the mobile solar traffic lights.
“Introducing mobile solar traffic lights as a safety measure in a largely populated area like Harare is a noble cause that should be initiated on a wider scale,” said a motorist who identified himself as Tedious Taderera.
Brian Wutete another local motorist however criticized the positioning and height of the mobile traffic lights saying they would add more confusion amongst motorists which might lead to more road accidents.
“Personally I am concerned and worried about the positioning height and visibility of traffic lights as a motorist with 12 years driving experience.
“The positioning of the mobile solar traffic at the center of an intersection is not ideal, and their one metre height limits their visibility range to 3-5 metres compared to conventional traffic lights that are visible 25-45, metres away.
“I would recommend that HCC consult the relevant experts to improve this pilot project as it has a lot of potential to improve road safety and reduce accidents,” he said.
If successful the project would be a huge uplift for the embattled Council currently from one scandal to another.