Courts and Law

Zinara gears up against motorist offenders for evading tollgates this festive season 2021.

Tafadzwa Mutsika

 Zinara has targeted motorist’s offenders who evade paying toll fees by using by-passes and individuals who allow their private roads or premises to be used as by-passes to be liable to pay a fine not exceeding level 5

This will see offenders paying $20 000 if they are found on the wrong side of the law.

The new development has come up following the criminalization of such acts by the Government through statutory instrument 2021.

In Statutory Instrument published in the Government Gazette, vending and loitering around tollgates is now also prohibited and punishable.

Anyone caught vending or loitering around the tollgate area, one will now pay a fine of $2000.

In the event of a breakdown or otherwise, any vehicle that remains on the tolling point booth or blocks use of any tolling booth for a period exceeding 30 minutes shall be subject to a penalty of the applicable toll fee for such a vehicle for every 30 minutes it remains blocking the tolling point or part thereof.

In the SI, Transport and Infrastructural Development Minister Felix Mhona said: “Any person who utilizes or allows the use of his or her private road as a by-pass shall be guilty of an offense and liable to pay to Zinara, for the benefit of the road fund, a fine not exceeding level 5.

“Any person who leaves or places on or over any road, at a tolling point, anything with the intention to cause or realizing that there is a real risk or possibility of obstructing such road or endangering persons using it shall be guilty of obstructing or endangering the free movement of traffic and liable to pay to Zinara for the benefit of the road fund, a fine not exceeding level 5.”

At law, Zinara, or the department of roads in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development acting on behalf of Zinara, are now empowered to close by-passes within the1km radius of the tollgate.

The general public has welcome this development saying the lawlessness by road users has reached an alarming level putting everyone at risk

Zinara has been battling to bring sanity at the tollgates, closing leakages and removing vendors

Zinara is rebranding as part of its drive eliminate delays at toll gates as a result of breakdowns or actions of other motorists who might unnecessarily block the paying booths.

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