A total of ZWD$5 billion in tollgate fees has been collected by the Zimbabwe National Road Administration (ZINARA) during the first 10 months of the year and the funds are to be distributed into the current Emergency Road Rehabilitation Programme as part of support for the project.
According to Mr Nkosinathi Ncube the ZINARA chief executive officer, the road authority had exceeded its monthly toll revenue mark by 5% and was collecting about ZWD$500 million on a monthly basis.
“Tollgates are one of the envelopes that ZINARA has and so from the tollgates, on a monthly basis we are collecting around ZWD$500 million for all tollgates across the country.
” We are actually 5% above the target for the tollgates as our target was just above ZWD$400 million.
“Tollgates contribute 25% to 30% of the fund, so they are not the overall contributor of the fund, they are just part of the major income streams for ZINARA,” Mr Ncube stated.
During the first six months of the year over ZWD$140 million was channelled into the country road maintenance program and recipients of the funds include the District Development Fund, Department of Roads in the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructural Development, as well as rural and urban district councils.
“We are a government agency, so ZINARA together with the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development are the funders of the road rehabilitation programme.
“Right now if you go to any road authority across the country, there is no road authority that has failed to receive its disbursement,” Mr Ncube stated.
“So we are fulfilling our mandate, we are focusing on our mandate and the ZINARA we have today is one that is focusing on its mandate to collect fees, manage the fund and disburse to relevant authorities,” he added.
Most of the country’s highways have tollgates that were administered by ZINARA, and its levies include ZWD$164 for light motor vehicles, ZWD $246 for minibuses, ZWD $328 for high volume buses, ZWD $410 for heavy vehicles and ZWD$820 for haulage trucks.
The Ministry of transport and Infrastructural Development last month gazetted new regulations imposing heavy fines for evading paying toll fees by using by-passes and those that allow their private roads or premises to be used as by-passes are now liable to a fine of ZWD$2 000.
The same fine applies to those who block the road at tolling points, vendors and loiters around tollgates, and this level 5 fine will go into ZINARA’s road fund.