Motorists will be alarmed at media reports of $700 deposit fines, from 1 January. Recent reports of ZRP insisting on payment of fines in US Dollars, haven’t helped stress levels. The following should clarify these issues for Big Sky customers …
The short version:
- The increased fines proposed
by Minister Ncube are still going through legal process and are not in effect,
MAXIMUM fine that can be imposed at the roadside remains Level 3, currently set
fine higher than Level 3 can only be imposed by a magistrate after a court
- The deposit fines currently being imposed by
ZRP for traffic offences are $10 for Level 1, $20 for Level 2, with Level 3
attracting a fine of $30.
- Once the final Scale of Fines has been
gazetted, Big Sky anticipates Levels 1 to 3 will double to $20, $30 and $60,
Motorists are reminded you
have the right to refuse a roadside fine and appear in court if you prefer not
to admit guilt. However, be aware the Harare Magistrate’s Court is
dysfunctional and you can expect to be severely inconvenienced …
The long version:
In his 2019 Budget Speech on 22 November, 2018, Finance & Economic Minister Mthuli Ncube proposed a number of measures affecting motorists. Amongst others, the Minister proposed increasing the maximum traffic fine to $700. To implement this and other proposals, the Finance (No. 3) Bill, 2018, was gazetted on 14 December, 2018.
The Bill proposes a revised Standard Scale of Fines, which goes even further than $700, with Level 12 listed as $8,000. (As an example Level 12 applies to “reckless driving” in respect of commuter omnibus and heavy duty drivers). This represents a quadrupling of the Levels from 4 to 14, whereas Levels 1 to 3 are doubled, up to $60.
However, since the minister was questioned in parliament about the severity of these fine levels, we understand they are under review. Big Sky therefore expects fines on all levels will be doubled (not quadrupled), once the final version of the Bill passes through parliament.
In the meanwhile …
are reminded that the MAXIMUM fine that can be imposed at the roadside is Level
3, currently set at $30. A fine higher than Level 3 can only be imposed by a
magistrate after a court appearance.
fines currently being imposed by ZRP for traffic offences are $10 for Level 1,
$20 for Level 2, with Level 3 attracting a fine of $30.
do not accept a roadside fine higher than $30, and exercise your right to
appear in court if you prefer not to admit guilt.
PROCESSING OF ROADSIDE FINES
Motorists will recall the electronic devices
ZRP introduced in June, 2017, at the height of the roadblock-era. These are
named the Traffic Enforcement Gadget (TEG) and have since evolved into an
efficient means to process deposit fines and accept payment.
- The Traffic
Enforcement Gadget is loaded with traffic statutory information, and the
- When imposing a fine
on a motorist, the ZRP member will enter the section of the Statutory
Instrument or Act, and the relevant fine will appear on the screen, e.g. “C.s.
29 Fail to display current vehicle licence or temporary licence – $10”.
- The motorist is given
three options to pay at the roadside: cash, mobile payment (e.g. EcoCash) or
- When paying with
EcoCash, the motorists cell number is inputted into the TEG, which then prints
the fine with payment method details, which acts as a receipt. The motorist
must receive an SMS notification to his/her cell phone, with ZRP clearly stated
as the beneficiary.
- The TEG has an inbuilt
swipe facility and a fine/receipt is printed as above.
- When paying in foreign
currency such as Rands, or Pounds, the device will calculate the amount based
on the exchange rate of the day.
- When paying by cash,
USD and bonds are calculated at 1 to 1 and the motorist has the option to pay
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