'Scrap roadblock spot fines'

HARARE - Commuter operators have called for the scrapping of spot fines at roadblocks, blaming this for pervasive corruption on the roads.

Cosmas Mbonjani, chairperson of Greater Harare Association of Commuter Operators (GHACO), said this while presenting oral evidence before the parliamentary portfolio committee on Transport and Communication.
The committee is chaired by Zanu PF MP, Amos Midzi.

“We are facing many problems when we are dealing with the police on the roads,” Mbonjani said.

“Many of our commuters have fitness certificates, but police are always stopping us in doing our work of carrying the public to and from work by stopping our vehicles and demanding money from us.

“The spot fines must be scrapped and we can be asked to pay the fine at the courts rather than on the spot as it is promoting corruption with officers demanding excessive money from us.

“This also applies to the re-testing  being  done by our drivers — the majority of them are also paying money to pass the driving test.”

Dexter Nduna, Zanu PF MP for Chegutu West, argued that the commuter drivers were to blame as they were driving kombis without required documentation and vehicle fitness certificates.

Mbonjani said a number of police officers have managed to buy their own  commuter omnibuses, resulting  in them opting to impound fully certified kombis and arrest drivers to eliminate competition.

He said his organisation had 400 members who had registered their vehicles and did not understand why they were being victimised by the police.

Mbonjani said they were appealing for commuter fees to be gazetted so that they can operate viable businesses since the fees were last gazetted in 2009.

The ministry of Home Affairs has in the past defended spot fines saying motorists were giving false addresses to the police.

Comments (8)

may the govt consider reintroducing a payment system where all fines shd be done at reputable centres cause these cops are really up to mischieve.

vusani siziba - 28 January 2014

ZRP has a blotted workforce, i dont see how they can fail to track offenders, if the offenders are legally licenced Zimbabwean drivers. ZINARA has a database of all vehicles on the roads, so why not teamup with the road authority to clean up our roads, and root out this rot in the police force. You can not justify spot fines, the effects of which is out there for all to see

zimbo for life - 28 January 2014

Like my name; Mapurisa anoshungurudza imagine they want to impound my vehicle because I have an insufficient red flag for my car. Sies vanhu ava vakusemesa!!!

SHUPIKAI MAPORISA - 28 January 2014

Go hang yorself, du yu think ZRP is an ECD pupil so childish impounding yo vehicles for nothing. Police is not corrupt at all but our society is too corrupt, yu are the ones who first ask to bribe Police. Musape police mari pay yo fines, imi hamudi munoda kupa Police chebasa cheyi.

Mufudzi Akanaka - 29 January 2014

Mapurisa will always make things difficult for you so that you feel cornered and speak the language. Why would an officer be angry with me when he is protecting me as a Zimbabwean citizen. Zviri pachena. "I pinch you tightly. You cry making your suggestions as to how I can let you go." Police have striped every road user of any rights.

E Mangoya - 29 January 2014

Mufudzi akanaka you obviously are a policeman, or you don't own a car but these guys make life difficult for you. Yes even if they detain you for an hour that is detention because they could give you a ticket in 2 minutes and you pay later they just make your life very difficult. have you ever asked yourself why it takes hours for an accident along Leopold Takawira to take long to attend yet there are officers along Kwame Nkurumah chasing kombis?

Maita Manyuka - 29 January 2014

mufudzi akanaka, umm suspect, anyway hazvinetsi mafon mazuvano ane ma camera even pens , will show u evidence, unotonzwa mamwe mapurisa achiti ukabva pa road hauna cash, kureva kuti they are taking these commuters money, day light robbery, vamwe even ukapa report kuma purisa yekuti wabirwa , kuti aite investigation anoda bribe so tingati tine mapurisa here munyika muno, pane mbavha dzechikadzi dzanetsa patoilet pana charter dziri kubira vanhu nemushonga , akakumwaya mvura apedza kugeza maoko anoita se mistake but as soon akumwaya hauchaoni u feel dizz, but those people mapurisa anovaziva nekwanogara ku st marys, so mapurisa arikupiwa cash nembavha idzi, IS THIS NOT CORRUPTION. beware people nyika yaipa.

gushungo - 29 January 2014

I am told legally speaking that spot fines are meant for foreigners and not local citizens who should then pay in 7 days or so time? Whats the true legal position anyone?

Maxwell Christian - 29 January 2014

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