Zinara collects $28m

HARARE - The Zimbabwe National Roads Administration (Zinara) says it collected a total revenue of $28 million in the nine months to January 2013.

Frank Chitukutuku, Zinara’s chief executive, yesterday said the revenue surpassed the $20 million collected in the full year of 2011, spurred by computerisation of systems.

He said the money excluded 158 000 motorists which are still to get their vehicles licenced.

Chitukutuku said out of the 419 000 vehicles captured in the revenue collector’s system, only 271 000 had valid licences.

“381 000 motorists have not bothered to license their vehicle since we migrated from the manual system to the computerised system,” he added.

According to Chitukutuku, motorists evading paying for the licences are contributing to the poor state of roads arguing they use the roads without contributing to their rehabilitation.

In the past, Zinara has said that it was losing up to $15 million in potential revenue through rampant printing of counterfeit discs, prompting the computerisation scheme.

Chitukutuku added that Zinara was in the process of finalising modalities with the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority (Zimra) to enable it to take full control of toll fees collection.

“Within this first quarter modalities will be finished and the Zinara takeover will coincide with the complete computerisation of toll plazas camera installation,” he said.

Zinara has clashed with Zimra over the later’s alleged lack of transparency in the collection and remittance of tolls.

Zimra collects tolls on behalf of Zinara, but the roads authority officials are not part to teams who police the gates.

Chitukutuku is on record saying lack of a mechanism for the authority to monitor and control the fees inflows presented challenges for accounting and control purposes.

“There is no mechanism for Zinara to monitor and control the inflows, for example, the printing of tickets. For accounting and control purposes, Zinara should procure and record the tickets and then allocate them to Zimra,” he said.

Light vehicles are charged $1 at the toll gates. Buses pay $3 and lorries pay $5.

According to a report by the World Bank, Zinara is mandated to manage the road maintenance fund including the setting of road-user tariff levels, collection of the funds, disbursement of the funds to road agencies and the monitoring of the usage of such funds.

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