Kombi crews complain over police fines

HARARE - Public transport operators have complained over police fines which are imposed on them for failure to produce enough vehicle particulars during this year’s festive season.

Some of the operators that spoke to the Daily News yesterday said that they are given many tickets for a similar offence.

They claim the fines are driving them out of business, since at the end of the day they have to meet their employers’ targets.

They said the situation has worsened during the festive season as the number of roadblocks increased.

One of the drivers who plies Harare-Bulawayo road told the Daily News that it is not fair for them to pay several fines for a similar offence as this puts them out of business.

“Imagine a person who has an expired travelling permit plying from Harare to Bulawayo being asked to pay a fine at a Kuwadzana roadblock, before paying again in Norton and continues paying more fines for the same offence until he reaches Bulawayo,” one of the drivers, who spoke on condition of anonymity said.

“A driver will get to Bulawayo with more than seven tickets for the same crime,” added the driver.

The police have been infamous for smashing windscreens of kombis picking up or dropping passengers at undesignated places.

This has resulted in some deaths as kombis knock down pedestrians, while fleeing from police.

“Our problem is that there are many roadblocks this festive season and even if the vehicles have all the documents, the police will not fail to find a fault to fine you. If the driver has no retest they will take the vehicle for fitness test even if it has passed the test before and that is a major challenge to us drivers,” said another driver.

Another driver who only identified himself as Tsungi said there should not be too many police roadblocks during the festive season.

He told the Daily News that one roadblock in each town is better for them and for the convenience of passengers.

“Police roadblocks should not be many and the police should give us a limit of two tickets for the same offence. Through this, corruption will be eliminated because there is no way a driver can pay up to nine tickets without offering a bribe to the officers,” said Tsungi.

Questions have been raised on the best way to reduce corruption among police officers while at the same time maintaining order at bus termini.

National police spokesperson Paul Nyathi said he could not comment as he was not in the office and referred all the questions to one Superintendent Matake whose phone was not reachable.

Comments (1)

the thing is these roadblocks are there to make money for the police, how do you explain a roadblock where an officer talks to the conductor without even checking the driver's papers or the vehicle . then the car is told to go

msongelwa - 31 December 2013

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