HARARE, (Xinhua) --
A new schedule of higher traffic fines in
Zimbabwe announced by Finance and Economic Development
Minister Patrick Chinamasa at the end of 2016 has come
into effect following the signing into law of the
Finance Act by President Robert Mugabe last week.
offences in Levels 1 to 3 have been increased by between
5 and 10 U.S. dollars, much to the chagrin of motorists
who argue that the new schedule does not only fuel
corruption but is also not affordable to many
which used to attract a 5 dollar fine are now pegged at
10 dollars; those which were at 10 dollars are now at 15
dollars; while those which were at 20 dollars are now 30
Level 1 is
for offences such as failure to fasten seat belts; Level
2 includes offences such as failing to obey traffic
signs; and Level 3 relates to more serious offences such
as dangerous driving, driving a vehicle without
headlights and overtaking in front of on-coming traffic.
Peter Chikuni blasted the increases saying that the
reason given by Chinamasa that they were meant to reduce
carnage on the roads was insincere because the
government was trying to look for ways to generate
government wants to raise funds at all costs. Many
Zimbabweans are living from hand to mouth because of the
harsh economic environment, and now we have the minister
imposing higher fines,” he lamented.
between the police and the motoring public have not been
rosy because of the numerous roadblocks the police have
been mounting on the roads.
The issue of
spot fines also remains contentious with the courts
outlawing them and the police acknowledging that they
are illegal but still proceeding to impose them.
who are not able to pay the spot fines risk having their